A Team In The IFL (Indoor Football League) Has Put Their Decision To Sign Greg Hardy To An Online Fan Vote
ScreamingEagles- Greg Hardy wants to play for the Screaming Eagles. Should we sign him?
This is one of the most unique voting FANchise decisions you will ever face, so consider all of the information below and do your own research before casting your vote.
Hardy is a former NFL Pro Bowl defensive end who set the Carolina Panthers single-season record with 15 sacks in 2013. Due to off-the-field issues, he has not played in the NFL since the 2015 season with the Dallas Cowboys. Hardy was arrested in 2014 for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend (charges were later dismissed); he was suspended four games by the NFL prior to the 2015 season. He was also arrested in 2016 on a charge of cocaine possession, but reached a plea agreement to reduce the charges from a felony to a "misdemeanor with some strict conditions".
He has expressed a strong desire to join the Screaming Eagles as a way for him to showcase his football skills and prove worthy of another chance. As a football player, Hardy is a physically gifted pass-rusher who could make an immediate impact on our defensive line. As an off-the-field member of the community, there are past allegations and arrests that he carries.
We have spent the past week speaking with Greg directly and with many of his former teammates and coaches. After hours of deliberation and debate, Screaming Eagles ownership, management, and coaches are in unanimous agreement that we will support Greg joining the team under one condition – that our fans vote to allow him.
"On the field, Greg would be a no-questions-asked signee for just about any coach in any league," says Screaming Eagles head coach Matthew Sauk. "Greg is human and made some mistakes in his life and is paying for those mistakes. We want the fans to make the call."
Hardy, 28 years old, was very recently considered one of the best defensive players in the NFL. He made millions in the league; he will make hundreds in the IFL. He is not doing this for the money; he just wants to play football and show the type of person he is both on and off the field. If all goes well, he hopes to have a chance to play again on Sundays.
"The Greg Hardy vote is a unique opportunity for our fans to be able to make a NFL-caliber decision," says FANchise co-founder and CEO Sohrob Farudi. "Owners and GMs across the NFL made their decision on Greg without consulting their fans. Greg wants a chance to prove himself both on and off the field, and with this vote we'll get a chance to see how fans ultimately feel about a player with a checkered past that wants another opportunity."
If you, the fans, choose to extend him an offer, it is highly likely he would join the team very soon. His fate is in your hands.
Voting ends at 10 p.m. PT on Wednesday, March 29.
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This is such a maniacal, maniacal move. This franchise might have tricked their supporters into thinking this is "fan interaction", but I've got a keener eye for what is nothing short of blatant, preemptive scapegoating. I don't know much about employing a clearly psychotic domestic abuser, but I do know that a proverbial letter of recommendation that's signed by a vast majority of your fans would be a great place to point a finger when it ultimately ends in disaster. Barring a drastic swing in voting, Greg Hardy will become a member of the 'Salk Lake City Screaming Eagles' and eventually it will go horribly, horribly wrong.
We are talking about a dude that couldn't keep it together when he was given a second chance by the most morally compromised owner in all of professional sports. He couldn't stay out of trouble during his parole-esque stint in a league that paid him millions of dollars and gave him another opportunity to compete against the best players in the world. There is literally no reason to think he's going to miraculously mature when he's playing for pennies against inferior athletes that he has absolutely no respect for.
I can't tell you what type of criminal behavior Greg Hardy still has up his sleeve, but when he unveils it you can bet your ass that the 'Screaming Eagles' front office will try to share that "oh shit, what have we done?" glare with the online conspirators that are going to make this signing possible. After a 1-3 start they decided to pander to their fans relentless desire to win, and in doing so they made their fans share in the responsibility for the future fateful actions of a proven sociopath. Their vote counts alright...as a huge subtraction of guilt to those in charge of a desperate football team.