Deadspin Tells Us What We’ve Known For A Year Now About Greg Hardy

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Did you know that last May, Greg Hardy beat up his girlfriend and threw her onto a pile of guns?  Chances are that 100% of sports fans on the internet do know about this already, so I’m not really sure what the purpose of today’s exposé by Diana Moskovitz is supposed to be…

Granted, the pictures she released are new to the public, but anybody who needs to see photos to realize the severity of the situation is a fucking moron.  In addition, this raises an ethical quandary in that Nicole Holder certainly does not want these very personal pictures of her body out on the internet for everybody to see.

The social media stratosphere seems to be taking this ‘development’ as an opportunity to partake in moral grandstanding and bash the NFL over the way they conduct their business.  They are missing the point entirely…

First of all, Greg Hardy has already been suspended for the maximum number of games the courts would allow given the terms of the CBA.  In addition, Hardy spent nearly the entire 2014 season on the exempt list, severely hindering his future earnings potential in the process.  If you want to be upset over the lack of ‘justice’ Hardy has received, turn your anger towards the North Carolina justice system for letting him get through all of this unscathed.

Given that these charges have been completely expunged from Hardy’s record, it seems pretty un-American to me that he wouldn’t be allowed to continue to pursue his profession of choice.  Some would say that, due to the high profile nature of the league, major off-field transgressions should preclude players from being able to step back on the field.  Again, these people are missing the point…

The NFL is an American business.  They make a shit ton of money by putting together an extremely entertaining product for fans to attend and view on TV.  In terms of on field ability, Greg Hardy definitely provides value to their product.  In terms of off-field character, could Greg Hardy possibly have an adverse impact to the NFL’s bottom line?  Doubtful…

If any of the smut bloggers or internet commenters actually plan to tune out the NFL on Sunday, then yes Greg Hardy’s moral character does disincentivize the league from employing him.  Based on the consensus reaction to last year’s Ray Rice fiasco, chances are all of those writers and commenters are still going to be all in on the NFL come kickoff on Sunday.  Therefore, it may be wiser for these people to direct their anger towards their own mirrors instead of the NFL.