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Cowboys didn’t have access to Hardy victim photos before signing

Greg Hardy, Sean Lee


So far, the Cowboys haven’t commented on the photos of Greg Hardy’s accuser, which were published for the first time this afternoon.

And there could be a reason they’re withholding comment.

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post confirms, the photos “were not accessible to the team” before the Cowboys signed Hardy. The league said this afternoon they saw the photos, prior to commissioner Roger Goodell suspending Hardy for 10 games (which was shortened to four games by Goodell’s hand-picked hearing officer).

PFT previously reported, citing an unnamed source, that the Cowboys did not have access to the photos because they were under seal at the time.

If the Cowboys didn’t see them, that could allow them justification to stop employing Hardy. The Ravens cut Ray Rice within about eight hours of the video of him punching his wife emerging. But the Cowboys don’t seem inclined to part ways with the pass-rusher, so their strategy could just be to wait for the storm to pass and people to stop being outraged.

They knew what he did, or what he was accused of. And as in the case of Rice, the photographic evidence merely makes tangible that which anyone with the least bit of curiosity would have to know.

But nothing they’ve done throughout this process indicates that they would have cared one way or another.