By Michael Burke – Click here for Part 1
A stand up teammate
The homework Dallas did on Greg Hardy revealed a guy who is supported completely by his ex-teammates. They revealed a guy who has never had any other run ins with the law and who is the only guy from the Panthers who actually went to the funeral for DeAngelo Williams’ mother. Ask DeAngelo Williams if he believes Greg Hardy is guilty of these charges and he will tell you that they have it all wrong. Not because of a funeral, but because of what he knows about the man.
In fact, if you want the absolute truth, the only people who seem to have bad things to say about him are his accuser, her attorney, and anyone who has already convicted the man in the court of public opinion, and believe me that is a huge group of people. I wonder how many of them hear the story of a woman beaten, and already assume guilt? I don’t mean to play the race card, but does the fact that he is a Black man and she is a White woman play a role? From where I sit reading and watching these things, I hate to say it, but I feel it does. I’ve heard rumblings from friends around the Charlotte area where I used to live who feel there is some credence to that.
I mentioned seeing his accuser’s attorney. She was standing next to him as he described what she went through, and she was nodding and smiling for the cameras as he described her as a hero who stood up to an NFL player. Was this merely a money dig that she pushed as far as she could? There are some who will tell you he paid her off not to show up for court. If she went there to get him to pay her rent in the first place maybe all she wanted was his money? I don’t know, and as I said before I don’t think any of us do. I know this. In the 911 call he said he never touched her. He has maintained his innocence and now the charges are dropped.
That means the man has been found not guilty and it is time to move on. It’s great in theory but is usually lousy in practice. People never move on once they have dug their feet in. The Dallas media members who have convicted Greg Hardy in the court of public opinion, the Dallas mayor, and the many women’s advocates who have expressed disdain for this event are always going to believe that the man is guilty even if he isn’t. I said before I don’t know if he is or not. There’s not a doubt in my mind that tempers got out of hand. There’s also not a doubt in my mind that she instigated this, including the violence, and she walked away from the trial.
Truth be told?
Was money more important to her (assuming she did get paid off) than protecting other women? Where’s the outrage at her for that? We all know that wealth adds privilege. It isn’t a great reality, but it is reality nonetheless. We’ve all seen this, and it goes back decades. Each of us can name a wealthy, popular person who was accused of wrong doing and got away with it, where you and I would be rotting in jail. Is it fair? No, frankly it isn’t.
We also all know stories of people wrongly accused, and convicted, often times in the court of public opinion and in a real court too. I’m not trying to pontificate here, but read the story of Brian Banks some time. The woman who accused him lied, and it ruined that kid’s life and dreams. I hate to tell the court of public opinion lawyers and judges this, but women can and do lie sometimes to get their way. Did Greg Hardy’s ex-girlfriend lie? I don’t know, but it sounds like she got her rent money. Which is all she wanted when she confronted him, and instigated this in the first place.
What did Hardy get? A second chance to play the game he loves with the greatest team in the History of the NFL. Does he deserve a second chance? Far be it from me to place my opinion above anyone else’s and I am not trying to do that here. If in your opinion he does not deserve one, that is your right, and I support your right to think and feel however you want. I hope you feel the same about me and others who think he does deserve one. I promise you this, if I had any doubts at all about his story and totally believed her version of what happened, I wouldn’t want him to have a second chance with my Dallas Cowboys. But the truth is that I don’t believe her, because the 911 calls and her story are way too far apart. At the same time the 911 calls and his story line up.
I can’t get the two images of the people involved out of my head. Greg Hardy, hands in pockets at times, always with his head down and a somber look on his face as he realizes the gravity of all of this. He has stuck to his story. He didn’t answer any media questions even after he was acquitted. You saw no celebration from him at all. No sighs of relief. Nothing that would indicate he was gloating. That’s what I see when I see the footage of him. And when I see the footage of her, I see a woman smiling and nodding while her attorney describes her ordeal. I see where she posts on social media constantly. Especially pictures of herself doing things and going places. She posts a lot. But she never posted pictures of this beat down?
I just do not believe her story. I’ll make a prediction. There won’t be any other stories of this nature about Greg Hardy, and we will hear about more scandals with her involved. I don’t know what they will be, and I don’t care. I just feel like all the signs point to someone who enjoyed the attention, and who already has shown quite a bit of questionable judgment.
Just say no to drugs.