Not too many people are rushing to defend Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy, but that apparently doesn’t faze Lawrence Taylor.
The former New York Giants linebacker and Pro Football Hall of Famer told the New York Daily News on Sunday he supports the Cowboys’ decision to sign Hardy after allegations he abused his ex-girlfriend, threw her onto a pile of guns and threatened to kill her.
?I like that,? Taylor said. ?I think they needed to give him another chance, because it?s not clear what happened. It?s not really 100 percent clear what happened. So, listen, I think they need to give him a chance.
?I think he is going to make the best of that second chance because I?ll tell you what, he could have been screwed. A lot of people have been screwed in this league. But he got a do-over, and you got to do the best you can. You got to make the best you can with that do-over.?
Contrary to what Taylor said, though, it is 100 percent clear what happened. Hardy originally was convicted of beating ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, and the only reason the case was thrown out was because Holder disappeared on the prosecution after Hardy appealed. And documents from Deadspin, which include graphic photos of a badly-bruised and injured Holder, show the prosecution strongly believes Hardy paid Holder off.
Not to mention, Hardy isn’t making the best of his second chance. He’s already made inappropriate comments about Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, “apologized” for his past actions without actually saying he’s sorry, has repeatedly shown he has no remorse and is now reportedly showing up late to practices and missing meetings.
But, sure, Lawrence Taylor. Hardy definitely was “screwed” by the NFL.
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