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Did Hardy serve a tough enough sentice for his crime

Updated on August 3, 2015

It is always amazing to me where lines are drawn. I think it's just part of the human condition. We can solve just about anything with hard work, at least that is a common belief. The argument that I stay at home single mother has to use food stamps to feed their family. Its not that people are upset that the mother took help. I think more people are upset underlying problem, which in the case of a mother using food stamps; is that there is too much poverty in the world. How do you fix poverty? Hard work is not always the answer to solving that issue.

Another issue that is hard to understand is domestic abuse. I suppose it has gone on since the dawn of time and will continue til the end of time. Why is it easy to let this crime go unpunished,(or severely under punished). The NFL has another example of a person that abused his partner (wife or girl friend) and received a slap on the wrist.

The Crime

Greg Hardy is a defensive player for the Dallas Cowboys. He was accused and found guilty of domestic abuse. He had beaten his girlfriend (at the time) Nicole Holder. That he is was found guilty of the crime is not the problem. The problem is how long he was punished for the crime he had committed.

Hardy did not spend any time in Jail. The player was suspended with pay in the 2014 season while he was emplyed by the Carolina Panthers. after the season ended he was let go by the Panthers but signed for the Dallas Cowboys in the summer of 2015.

The Sentence

Hardy did not get any jail time for his crime because it case went to a jury and they let him go on his own. His employer at the time the Carolina Panthers did sit the player for thirteen games of the 2014 season. Even though Hardy did not play, he did get paid the money that he was under contract to receive from the team.

For the 2015 season Hardy had been suspended for ten games, but it was reduced to four games on an appeal by the player. Since the Cowboys did sign him; Hardy is paid on the number of games he plays. The hopes is that he can control his temper and stay out of trouble.

The Results

The NFL has been known for being tough on it's players when they get into legal trouble. However the league does not know what to do when it comes to domestic abuse. Each case is different but the NFL is trying to treat domestic abuse as if you can take broad strokes and solve the problem. That does not work because each case is different.

Ray Rice is a prime example of the NFL's policy on abuse. They did suspend him, but the NFL did not react until a video of the crime was released to the public. Then Roger Goodell reacted and suspended Rice for the season.

Unlike Hardy, Rice is a little older and his career was heading towards it end. Hardy is still a difference maker and has several years of quality play left ahead of him. So Hardy's sentence is based more on the work he can bring to the field, not what he did off the field.

The NFL has had a challenge with domestic violence. Just like people that do not play football, domestic violence is misunderstand. Couples fight and it can escalate into something more violent. Just like the NFL, the sentence of the crime can come down to the productivity of the person that committed the crime. Hardy is able to play because he will have a large impact to the Cowboys on the field. Is this the type of policy that should be allowed?

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      Robert Beyer 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      I really didn't think about Brady, but you said it. Brady and Hardy arebeing punished equally, there is the problem.

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      Robert Beyer 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      I really didn't think about Brady, but you said it. Brady and Hardy arebeing punished equally, there is the problem.

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      CJ Kelly 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Great article, Robert. Technically, I guess Hardy did receive enough time since the jury looked the other way. But this guy is a powderkeg. Can't believe this will be the last time it will happen. Taking away the 13 games in 2014, Hardy and Tom Brady are actually getting the same suspension for 2015. Wow. PSI vs. domestic violence: what is worse? So if anyone tells you Brady has dishonored the game, remind them about the Greg Hardys of the world.

      As for Rice, I think he should get another chance. I think he has a reduced risk of being a repeat offender based on the support group he has around him. He might be able to do some positive things. Voted up and shared.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I agree, Robert.

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      Pat Mills 2 years ago from East Chicago, Indiana

      Hardy should definitely lose more game checks than Tom Brady.

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      Robert Beyer 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Rachel,

      Thank you. There has to be away to make a change in the way we treat the abusers.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      There is no excuse for a spouse to beat up his/her spouse. If things are bad in a relationship, either fix it or get out of it. Violence is never an answer. I think if Greg Hardy wasn't a money maker for the Cowboys, he would have had a stiffer sentence. That's sad!!! Thanks for the information. I voted up and interesting.

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      Robert Beyer 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Larry,

      You bring up some very valid points. That is why domestic violence is such a sticky subject.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I have no respect for people who abuse their spouses. That said, after criminal sentences are served, I don't know that I see the benefit of not allowing the individual do their job.

      How can a person improve themselves and move on if we don't allow them to get back to life? How does it help the abused spouse to not allow their significant other to make a salary?