LBS- Greg Hardy is reportedly quite unhappy that Aldon Smith, another NFL player with a long history of legal issues, is getting another nice payday in the NFL while he waits by the phone.
According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, Hardy was very upset by the fact that his fellow pass rusher Smith got a new two year deal with the Oakland Raiders despite his repeated brushes with the law and trouble with the league. Hardy himself has received little interest thus far, though his representatives believe that some team will eventually be willing to take him on with an incentive-laden deal.
I would love to sit here and tell you that the NFL has done such a good job in their two year old fight against domestic violence - that was only forcibly acknowledged after a player was video taped punching his fiancée to the moon - that those that commit it are immediately shunned from the league. Unfortunately, I watched Greg Hardy play football for the Dallas Cowboys last year so I know that to be patently untrue. In fact, the only person that doesn't seem to know what is going on here - in true Greg Hardy fashion - is Greg Hardy.
The reason Greg Hardy can't get a contract has little to do with the fact that he hit a woman two years ago, and it's only a bi-product of the fact that his behavior hasn't gotten any better since. Greg Hardy can't get a job because he's of detriment to his team's on-field performance. Yes, he's a great pass rusher, but that's only when he's not causing a distraction in the locker room, starting fights with his teammates and coaches, and just randomly going MIA for days at a time. So basically, Greg Hardy's positives outweighed his negatives ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD about 20% of the time. To put it bluntly, his biggest mistake since suplexing his girlfriend onto a bed of guns was failing to help the Dallas Cowboys win football games. That's why he doesn't have a job right now.
It's not because domestic violence is more frowned upon by NFL executives than repeatedly abusing drugs or drinking and driving - even though it definitely is. Aldon Smith has a job because - well - the Raiders are still the Raiders, but more importantly because when he is on the field he almost always benefits his team. He might drink a 5th a vodka and hit the freeway by Week 2, but the funny thing about going to prison is that at least your employers know where you are. The same can't be said for Greg Hardy and his oft-sporadic disappearing acts. Alton Smith may also be a true jackass, but he's a true jackass that is soft spoken, handles his business between the whistles, and is only creating negative publicity when he's getting arrested. Amazingly that makes him seem like a pretty good teammate in comparison to Greg Hardy...