by LIAM BEATUS
After receiving harsh criticism for the way the NFL handled the Ray Rice domestic violence issue, Roger Goodell announced yesterday that the league would be suspending defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games next season.
The NFL released a statement saying: “Commissioner Goodell noted that Hardy engaged in conduct detrimental to the league and that a suspension of this length would be appropriate under any version of the Personal Conduct Policy or its predecessors.”
In May 2014, Hardy was arrested for assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder.
The pro-bowler was a free agent this offseason and missed all but one game in 2014 due to his placement on the commissioner’s exempt list. Teams were hesitant to sign him pending this upcoming suspension. The 26-year-old eventually signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys after spending his entire career with the Carolina Panthers but Hardy probably won’t see much action at AT&T Stadium.
I think it is fair to say the NFL got this one right. Roger Goodell was heavily criticized for initially suspending Ray Rice for only two games after he drunkenly struck his girlfriend in Atlantic City. However, after TMZ leaked video footage, America was taken by storm in a wave against the NFL’s weak stance on domestic violence, bringing the issue to the forefront of American politics. Rice would later be suspended again, this time indefinitely. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted a profound statement in response to Hardy’s punishment stating: “This is the new NFL.”
From the evidence that has been released about Greg Hardy (leaving bruises all over Holder’s body, threatening to kill her, and choking her), Hardy deserved a suspension that will require him to miss 62.5 percent of the season.