Another day another NFL domestic violence case! It seems the NFL is a hub for men who like their women beaten. Greg Hardy, or “Da Kraken”, was placed on his team’s inactive list when the Carolina Panthers faced the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Why? Because back in May, Hardy was arrested for attacking his girlfriend and going as far as to threaten to kill her.
Unlike Janay Palmer, who went back to her abuser, Hardy’s wife left his abusive ass, probably because she values her life. Hardy was then found guilty and convicted to 18 months’ probation; he was to get a 60-day prison sentence, but that sentence was suspended.
Naturally, the Panthers chose not to discipline their defensive end in any way. They didn’t even give him a slap on the wrist like the two-match suspension Ray Rice initially received for knocking out his fiancée. In fact, Hardy even played Match 1 last week.
However, because of the pressure the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens faced due to the unearthed Ray Rice surveillance video, the Panthers realized the same amount of pressure would apply to them if they didn’t do something about the girlfriend-beater in their team.
Shortly after Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he was fine with Hardy playing against the Lions, the team made a turnaround and chose to deactivate the girlfriend-beating defensive end. Rivera said they did this because it was in the best interest of the Panthers.
When he said “best interest”, he likely meant the Panthers didn’t want to face the same issues the Ravens had faced for not adequately punishing a domestic abuser in their team. In short, they were covering their asses.
However, just deactivating a player is not enough; especially one who threatened to kill his victim. Hardy deserves to be dropped permanently from the team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL, at the very least. It’s clear that the NFL is a hub for violent idiots who take their status as wealthy superstars for granted. Banning violent players for life is the only way to detract other potential abusers from thinking their loved ones are punching bags.