By Michael Burke
Anyone who follows the Dallas Cowboys knows that Jason Garrett loves to talk about the right kinds of guys. Cowboys fans have shortened this moniker to RKGs. The problem is not enough people know what Jason Garrett means and assume it means choir boys and Boy Scouts. It has never meant that and never will. In fact, one of the players Jason Garrett most talks about as being an RKG is Michael Irvin, and trust me when I say he has never been confused with being a choir boy.
Defining the RKG
An RKG means someone who loves the game of football and gives it and his team all he has. For every Jason Witten who fits that description there is also a Leon Lett who does. RKGs fall across a very broad spectrum or demographics. RKG isn’t about skin color, whether or not you have tattos, length of hair, music listened to, religious affiliation, a political party association, or any other imaginary boundary that people use to draw a line between each other. If you want to be seen as one of Jason Garrett’s RKGs it is real simple. You appreciate the fact that you are a Dallas Cowboy, and you give the football team and your teammates all you have.
Greg Hardy – RKG?
Which brings me to the newest Dallas Cowboy, Defensive End Greg Hardy. His signing set off a bit of a firestorm. The reason is because Hardy is facing a possible suspension from the NFL for his involvement in a Domestic Violence situation that resulted in him being out of football for 15 games in 2014. In the minds of many Greg Hardy is absolutely guilty of what he stands accused of. The court of public opinion is one that has some people who are forgiving and many who are sick about the signing. Even the Mayor of Dallas chimed in and said he felt like he took a shot to the gut.
I want to be very clear for a minute here. I do not know whether Greg Hardy hit his ex-girlfriend or not, and frankly neither does anyone but them, and apparently his manager who was present. I do not condone hitting a woman. I never have, I never will. I also do not believe in a woman hitting a man. I never have, I never will. Once somebody has been hit only bad things can happen after that. It doesn’t make retaliation right.
Two sides to the coin
Now, why do I bring up retaliation? It’s real simple, if you listen to or read the 911 call about the incident that got Greg Hardy in trouble, he was not the instigator. It is clear that she was. The link above is the transcript of both 911 calls about the incident. Honestly, I am scratching my head trying to figure out how he got in trouble at all, and how the North Carolina Judge convicted him. Did I just say Greg Hardy is innocent? No, I didn’t. Let me simply say this though, I do not believe his ex-girlfriend at all.
In the 911 call Greg Hardy tells the operator that she is pursuing him trying to hit him with her spiked heel shoes. At one point he even curses as he realizes that he is bleeding. He tells the operator that his manager is trying to restrain her. Is that where the bruises on her back came from that were supposedly shown in the trial? Did she get them wrestling to get away from the manager trying to get to Greg Hardy? I think it is entirely possible. Which could mean that he never touched her. In fact, in the call to 911 he says clearly that he hasn’t touched her.
I can’t wrap my head around the time frame here. He calls 911 and has a rather extensive conversation with the operator. It is clear that he feels the need to get help. When did this beat down occur that she alleges happened? After he hung up from 911 when he then knew the police were on their way? That doesn’t make a lick of sense. Did it occur before he called 911? You’re telling me he went from blind rage where he allegedly choked her, to “please help me?” That doesn’t make a lick of sense either.
I’ve seen quite a few pictures of his ex-girlfriend. She gets photographed a lot. I have never seen one photo of her injuries. This despite the fact we live in an era when people have their friends take photographs of everything so they can use it against someone. Someone who was threatened with death and was thrown into a tile bathtub wouldn’t have pictures of these injuries? And how would she be so willing to fight after that happened that she made him be the one to call 911 to get help?
1 + 1 = 3?
Something just isn’t adding up here. I have heard her version of the night. The only version of his that I have heard is the 911 call itself, and forgive me, that seems more real to me than her story. Let’s review some things that we do know from the first trial. She admits that before she went to his apartment she was drunk and had used cocaine. She went there allegedly with a friend after saying she was going to make Greg Hardy pay her rent. Was it her friend who is heard in the other 911 call about this incident? She says she was in the apartment. Is she the friend who went there with her? Wouldn’t that call into question her motive in this? The man who is making the call even tells the operator that she too is drunk.
The other call seems to be the one that the Judge believed. The woman who keeps interrupting the male caller to tell the 911 operator her version of what is going on, namely that a woman is getting beaten up. So Greg Hardy is beating her while he is on the phone to 911? I just don’t buy that at all. I think it is far more likely that the beating the woman is describing in the other 911 call is actually Greg Hardy’s manager trying his best to keep her off him. It is the only thing that actually adds up to the 911 calls.
You are free to read the transcripts I supplied above and think differently. That is your right. I do not believe the ex-girlfriend’s story at all, and I would not believe her even if Greg Hardy had signed to one of the Cowboys division rivals. Her story and her actions just do not add up. They don’t fit the timeline. They don’t fit the lack of evidence.
The Dallas Cowboys said they did their homework on Greg Hardy before offering him a contract. That means they dug deeper into this case than any of us as bystanders with opinions have done. Clearly they too believe that something is not adding up or they never would have signed him. There are some who will dispute that given the fact the Cowboys welcomed back Josh Brent after he served his time for the DUI death of his best friend, Jerry Brown. Dallas also took a chance on talented but troubled Rolando McClain. Those who are hung up on those signings are the same people who think RKG means Boy Scout, and it clearly doesn’t.
To be continued….