People in the NFL get arrested all the time. Even Jon Beason was arrested. There's guys with lengthy run-ins with the law that's still playing today AND making millions. Hardy won't do any time and eventually this will be the past
It also helps that Beason was proven not guilty for beating that guy outside a strip club. Had he been found guilty, I'm sure the organization would have changed it's tone.
A lot of these player contracts in sports are loaded with character clauses that teams use to get themselves out of paying up when players like Vick and Hernandez are caught in hot water. Right now, everything going on with Hardy is up in the air and it may turn out to be another Beason situation. We will see how this turns out.
I've known a few people in abusive relationships, and IMO the writing is on the wall here. For some reason, this whole thing reminds me of Fred Lane. I'm just glad it didn't end like that.
What I understand is why fans don't get that pro sports is a business? I know fans what to feel like it's an escape from business and work, but at the end of the day these teams are companies and their employees (or athletes signed under contract) have to follow regulations and company procedures just like 99.9% of the workforce.
Richie Incognito chose to open his mouth and what he said goes beyond work place code. Again, pro sports is a business and when you are accused of workplace discrimination, you're gone. It's also why no player on a NFL team with half a brain will talk s*** to Michael Sam.
And just like a business, your employees represent your businesses' image. It is why a lot of businesses or teams aren't looking at Richie in a positive light right now and it's why he remains a free agent. This isn't to say that no business will hire a less than positive role model to represent their business. It isn't uncommon for some businesses to hire ex cons and in pro sports, teams like the Raiders and Bangles don't seem to have a problem with that either.
Still, if a team chooses to have a certain profile, a certain standard, a certain... whatever, then they choose what sort of people they want representing their team or business. I think Jerry with the exception of Smitty has really put his foot down on this sort of thing and since the Panthers are his team, his company and his image, don't be shocked - if found guilty - Hardy is given his release papers.
I hope he is found not guilty because he is an amazing athlete and we need him to win, but I also understand how business works and understand that the NFL is a business.