So what exactly is Gregg Hardy supposed to do?
What can he do to clear his name of domestic violence charges?
The claim – not a provable fact as of yet, just a claim – by the prosecution that Hardy has settled financially with his accuser is being thrown around by many in the professional NFL-boot-licking media that he must be guilty.
So when owner Jimmy Haslam “settles” with the feds on his Pilot Flying J “Jack the Rebate” fraud for a whopping $92 million, it’s okay? But how dare Hardy settle with his accuser?
You want guilty pay offs? Here, try this…
Nashville criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor David Raybin, who has followed the case but is not involved, said the agreement most likely signals that Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam will not face charges.
“No prosecutor would enter into an agreement like this, ask for this kind of sanction, unless they didn’t have enough evidence to indict Haslam,” he said. “Also, Pilot would not agree to pay unless they felt the government would not prosecute him.”
What could Hardy have done to fully, immediately, and unequivocally cleared his name in the NFL’s eyes? Win his full jury trial with his accuser testifying in person? Even if her testimony is graphic and shocking, but ultimately rejected by a jury of his peers?
Would that be enough?
Only in Roger Goodell’s bizarro world of “due process” you can have headlines like “Hardy Cleared: Suspension Looming.”
And yeah, I know. Hardy or any other NFL player is not “entitled” to “due process” because the NFL is an employer, not the state.
That still doesn’t make it something anybody should cheer. Overhyped witch hunts driven by the media and the NFL’s paranoia over losing 2% of market share in women’s licensed apparel, is no way to run a league.
Unless you are a league that secretly loves to paint its players as out of control shit-heads, fully interchangeable, and ultimately disposable.
Well, wait until this happens to a player the NFL really cares about. Somebody even bigger than Adrian Peterson. Like, say… oh.. a WHITE QUARTERBACK!
Oh, wouldn’t that be juicy! Go ahead and “park” that QB on the “Commissioner’s Exempt List” and try to claim it’s not actual punishment because “hey, he’s still getting paid.” Then watch a team’s entire season go spiraling down the drain, while hoping a possibly unreliable accuser decides to show up to court.
I think the Hardy case is 50-50 at best. If you read this story of the original trial, it paints a picture that’s hard to fully sort out.
The two were out drinking all night. She was high on cocaine. They fought. Loudly. She claims he threw her around, threatened to kill her, and tossed her on a bed of guns. He says: not even close.
He called 911. She had not much more than a broken toenail to show for this allegedly horrifying encounter. In the end, she took the money and went snowmobiling in Vail.
Good luck sorting that one out.
The NFL has decided it doesn’t care. Gregg Hardy looks like a witch, so let’s burn him. After all, there are women’s jerseys to sell.