What do you do with a player who was suspended for domestic violence and erupted on the sidelines during Sunday's game? You give him a contract extension of course.
That's what the Dallas Cowboys want to do.
Hardy was suspended four games at the start of the season for a 2014 domestic violence incident. During Sunday's game against the New York Giants, the embattled lineman slapped the clipboard out of the hands of special teams coach Rich Bisaccia. He was also seen yelling at several players, including Dez Bryant, as they tried to calm him down.
Considering Hardy's history, you would think these sort of outbursts would be frowned upon, but not only did the Cowboys defend Hardy, now they are talking about giving him a long-term deal.
"When we initially signed, talked to him, asked him to join the team, it was not only with the idea of a short-term [deal] but a long-term [deal]," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan's Shan and RJ show [KRLD-FM]. "Relatively speaking, he's a young player and he certainly has the kinds of skills and impact that we want to look to the future with, with the Cowboys."
Jones also said Hardy would not be disciplined by the team for Sunday's outburst.