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Jerry Jones thought spousal abuse was “intolerable” six months ago


It’s good to know that people can grow, and people can change, and that people can learn tolerance in a short amount of time.

Because Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who just gave a contract to a guy who sat out most of last year because of a domestic violence charge, has apparently grown more tolerant.

“There’s no question in my mind, the emphasis we have on spousal abuse in the NFL and the lack of tolerance for it,” Jones said last September, while defending Roger Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice case. “It’s intolerable and will be adjudicated accordingly.”

Apparently, “accordingly” includes one year contracts worth up to $13.1 million. That’s what the Cowboys just gave Hardy.

While criminal charges against the former Panthers defensive end were thrown out, he reached a civil settlement with his accuser prior to her not showing up for trial.

At this stage, the Cowboys might as well sign Rice, considering their lack of depth in the backfield.