I think that every NFL player should be deactivated pending legal issues. Once a jury determines guilt or innocence, then they can be either reinstated or dismissed. Unfortunately, the NFL's standard of conduct policy hasn't been uniformly followed. Truth be told, Greg should have been deactivated in May until he could resolve his legal issues. Is it dumb that a bench court screwed him? Absolutely. Is there a gross over reaction by the media? Sure. But in applying an even standard for all players, the deactivation until completion of legal courses should be the new rule for all (this goes for drug issues and anything else that might cause someone to get arrested). I hope Greg wins out and gets the last laugh.
Oh and that BS Ray Lewis said this morning about Greg - pot calling kettle black here. Out of all commentators, he needs to quit piling on. Must be nice to be put on trial for murder, be convicted of obstruction to justice, and still play in the NFL...possibly on his way to Canton. Pathetic.
Deactivated for legal issues that may take up to a year to go to trial? How is that fair? We are basically allowing any woman involved with a NFL player to basically blackmail him. Don't like that he went out late? Fall on the floor, call the police. Especially in todays enviroment? They are throwing you in the clink with no physical evidence, no witnesses, you might now even have to be in the same country. I think the legal process is what it is... A legal process. What's to stop this from applying to everything in life? Should you lose your job if someone files a charge against you? If your teenage daughter because you won't allow her to date her boyfriend calls and says you are abusing her should you be suspended from your job? This damage done to Greg Hardy is immense. If he is guilty then it's all on him, but if not, this has cost him millions of dollars in FA. If that's the case who is the real victim?
I think it's win-win. I think it will both improve his opinion in the court of public opinion and improve his chances of winning favor with the people that will end up being selected for his jury.
The people who hate Michael Vick still hate him. He has done 1000 hours of speeches fund raisers for the SPCA. He has raised pet advocate profiles 100%. In a way he is the best thing that could have happened for them. No matter how much money he has lost/donated ..time he has spent.. apologies hes made, etc. You can't buy public opinion during a witch hunt. Afterwards he can donate and it will help somewhat but now? Nothing he can do.
In a jury trial if his lawyer is competent , not great, not Johnny Cochran, just competent he will get out of this. He just has to ride out the storm.
Character goes a long way with me and I dont like divas.. Its why i wasnt a fan of Smitty and why im not a fan of Cam. Keek, CJ, Olsen, Star. Those are players I can respect. Smitty was a loose cannon psychopath and Cam is an attention seeking, camera hog. Cam has been in the league 4 seasons now, can he just mature already instead of acting like a 13 year old on the sidelines?
He is not a minority. Racism still exist. It's just that they are adept at hiding it, like crazy women. In environments where people feel safe you would be amazed what comes out of their mouths. In public they will say stuff like, "he's a thug", " I don't think he is like _________". Then they will use a protective cloak of saying stuff like.. "I have no problem with blacks........like Russell Wilson".
The unfortunate thing about it is, people who aren't really racist (everyone has some degree of racism) get angry and upset when they get accused unfairly for legitimate opinions. It happens because real racist use the same arguments but pepper them with little side racist comments. I try as a black man not to assume someone is racist by 1 comment. But listen enough you usually catch a theme.
But hey at least the guy was upfront with it. Undercover racist are the worst in my opinion.