An open letter to the Dallas Cowboys

I saw that your great leader Greg Hardy changed (and quickly deleted) his Twitter profile bio, levitra I thought ‘good for him.’ I’m sure he teamed up with his high-powered attorney, his therapist and the communications team at your storied organization to figure out the exact message he wanted to send. Of course, that message would be one of equality. Respect. Dignity. And remorse.

What did he do instead?

There is so much happening here that I hardly know where to begin. But we will start with the fact that Greg “Perfection” Hardy isn’t innocent. The police report and the case file both spell out in great detail what he did that night. And the reason why this essentially went away is because he probably, allegedly paid this woman a nice sum of money to keep her mouth shut. This does not make you innocent. It makes you privileged. And he was afforded that privilege because he is a member of the National Football League.

Which brings me to his next point, that he’s being discriminated against. Wow. Someone needs to school him – hey, maybe it could be someone from your staff – on what discrimination actually means. Discrimination isn’t brutalizing another human being and still getting a potential $13.1 million dollar contract to play in the NFL (which, by the way, is a privilege in and of itself). Discrimination is not paying off said human and having that record expunged because you have enough money get away with anything short of murder.

Discrimination is not being allowed in a private club because of your race. It’s being screened out of a job because you are a woman. Discrimination, quite literally, is treating someone as inferior based on their race, sex, national origin, age or other characteristics. What ‘other characteristic’ does he fall into in this instance? Because being black, a man, American or in his twenties has nothing to do with the backlash that’s happening to him. Being a domestic abuser, however…

It’s obvious that he doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand what it is to respect the position that he is in or, more importantly, to respect women. He doesn’t get that it’s not okay to blame ‘ignorance and lack of information’ on what is happening to him right now. Because what’s happening to him right now isn’t even a portion of the physical, mental and emotional trauma that he put on his ex-girlfriend that night.

He threw her into a bathtub, dragged her out of it by her hair, slammed her onto a futon filled with assault rifles, and then called the police on her to cover his tracks. He had his friend hold her back while he made up a story about her assaulting him. He called her crazy and terrified her to the point of running from the police who where actually there to help her. And now, when he’s had ample chances to apologize for his actions that night, he chooses to make comments about opponents’ wives, say phrases like “come out guns blazin’ and (briefly, cowardly) change his social media profile to reflect the agony, the anguish that I’m sure he feels is unfairly lashed at him.

What does that sound like to you? Does that sound like a person who wants to change right now? Does this sound like a remorseful, reflective young man who has seen the error in his ways and is ready to tackle whatever demons lingering in his psyche?

No. He sounds like a guy who is doing all the wrong things with his behaviors being reinforced by the man who signs his checks. You, Dallas Cowboys, are better than being willfully and unapologetically guilty of encouraging this vile behavior.

So please, I’m begging you: cut ties with Greg Hardy. Give him whatever dollar amount the NFL Players’ Association says he “deserves”, and wipe your hands of that narcissistic, disrespectful piece of trash who has no business representing a historic franchise such as yours.

You bill yourselves as America’s Team. Which America are you referring to? The one that was built on lethal injustices and bows only to the Almighty Dollar? Or the America that fights for equality and stands together against anything that comes up against it? So far, you’ve been on the wrong side of this scale.

Do better.

About the author: Sharon Steed. Weekly Sports Recap Correspondent. Sharon is a Twitter-obsessed sports junkie covering all of the crazy things that happen sports for SDI. A Chicago-area native, her earliest sports memories are watching Michael Jordan and her beloved Bulls wreak havoc on the NBA in the 90’s. She loves March Madness, hates the Packers, and will absolutely shed real tears if the Bears ever win the Super Bowl. When she’s not hanging out on Twitter, she spends her time working as a freelance web writer and content manager for small businesses.  You can follower her on Twitter @sharonsteed.

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