It’s not very often that the male hosts on the “Fox NFL Sunday” pre-show aren’t yelling over each other to make their voices heard. But when Terry Bradshaw went on an epic rant about Dallas Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones, for signing Greg Hardy, he silenced his four other co-hosts.
The Oct. 11, game between the Cowboys and the New England Patriots marked the return of Hardy, after he was handed a 4-game suspension (reduced from the original 10-game suspension) for a domestic violence incident in 2014.
“Anybody, in my opinion, that lays a hand on a woman, I don’t care who you are, my friend, you never come back in this league,” Bradshaw preached. “But Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, in his desperation to get a pass rusher, said, ‘Well, you know what, America? Cowboy fans? He’s alright. He’s a good boy. We’re going to get him all straightened out over here and bring him in here.’ Which he did.”
Rarely does such a prominent voice such as Bradshaw, a former quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame since the first year he was eligible in 1989, and sports analyst since 1994, publicly denounce the monster conglomerate that is the National Football League.
His impassioned plea to stop giving free passes to players that treat women like garbage stems the fact that the 27-year-old defensive end in question was initially convicted by a judge for assault, and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend. Afterward, Hardy appealed, and when the alleged victim didn’t show up in court, all charges were dropped.
Adding to Bradshaw’s ire was that upon the player’s return, Hardy showed zero remorse, saying he was going to return to the game with “guns blazing” and making comments about Tom Brady’s wife. “Have you seen his wife?” Hardy quipped. “I hope she comes to the game, I hope her sister comes to the game, all her friends come to the game. One of my favorite games of the year, guys.”
This isn’t the first time Bradshaw has spoken out against the NFL. He didn’t mince words back in 2010, when Ben Roethlisberger was accused of rape. “If I had owned the Steelers, hear me loud and clear, he would not be a Steeler. I would’ve gotten rid of him. What he did, in my eyes, is absolutely unacceptable.”
The reaction on Twitter has loudly been in support of Bradshaw, with the hope that the NFL will finally listen, and crack down on players who break the law.