The Eagles Are Playing For Much More Than Just A Win Against Greg Hardy And The Cowboys


Oct 11, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Greg Hardy (76) on the bench during the game against the New England Patriots at AT&T Stadium. The Patriots beat the Cowboys 30-6. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles take on the Dallas Cowboys in a primetime matchup in Arlington, Texas this Sunday night and it will be Greg Hardy‘s first game following the release of some of the most vial evidence of domestic violence you may ever see in your life.

If you haven’t followed the story, Hardy, playing for the Carolina Panthers at the time, was arrested in May of 2014 for assaulting his then girlfriend, Nicole Holder, physically and mentally shattering her into a million pieces. Hardy would play just one game for the Panthers in 2014 before being suspended for the remainder of the season.

After the 2014 season, Hardy was a free agent and signed with the Cowboys in March. One month later, Hardy was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, but the suspension was later reduced to only four games.

Hardy served his four-game suspension and took the field in a Cowboys uniform for the first time in Week 5 against the New England Patriots. But in a Week 7 game against the New York Giants, only Hardy’s second game as a Cowboy, he was seen shoving his teammates on the sideline and slapping a clipboard out of the hands of special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.

Later, Hardy got into it with teammate Dez Bryant, who isn’t exactly an angel himself.

But now, the details have surfaced of just how heinous Hardy’s assault on his ex-girlfriend truly was, including a thorough account of what happened between Hardy and Holder both before and after the incident and graphic photos of the damage done to Holder’s body following the assault. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released the following statement Friday night:

"“While we did not have access to the photos that became public today, we were and are aware of the serious nature of this incident. We as an organization take this very seriously. We do not condone domestic violence. We entered into the agreement with Greg fully understanding that there would be scrutiny and criticism. We have given Greg a second chance. He is a member of our team and someone who is grateful for the opportunity he has been given to move forward with his life and his career.”"

Here is what Twitter had to say about the matter:

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Inexplicably, Hardy will take the field Sunday night and, for the Eagles, this game is about far much more than just walking out of AT&T Stadium with a win. This game will be watched not only by victims of domestic violence, but the fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and friends of those victims as well.

In a nationally televised slugfest, all eyes will be glued to Greg Hardy. At a time where domestic violence awareness is through the roof (except in the NFL), the Eagles will be playing the part of the equalizers. Regardless of whether or not Hardy should be playing Sunday night, he is and there’s not much that can be done about it. But if one thing is for sure, it’s that the Eagles are going to do their best to make sure Hardy wishes he wasn’t.

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