By now you’ve probably heard. Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy has returned to the team after serving a four-game suspension for a domestic violence issue involving his ex-girlfriend. If you’re unfamiliar with what landed him out of the league in the first place, read about that here (because that’s kind of important). Upon his return, Hardy fielded questions from the media and responded in the most offensive and tone deaf way possible. The person who allegedly choked his girlfriend and threw her on a bed of guns said he intends to return to the field, “guns blazing,” against the New England Patriots on Sunday. But he didn’t stop there. When asked about facing the Pats, he dragged Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen and her sister, into the conversation, for no other purpose than to objectify them. And when he was directly asked about turning his negative situation into a positive by speaking out against domestic violence or volunteering with a women’s shelter, he avoided the question by shifting the topic to football.
As you can imagine, his reaction got a lot of people fired up because his continued lack of respect for women is appalling. Unlike Ray Rice, he’s not the least bit remorseful for his actions, and yet he has the privilege of returning to football and earning millions of dollars. Talk about unjust.
Well, the most vocal anti-Greg Hardy point of view came from Fox Sports 1 media personality Katie Nolan. Host of “Garbage Time,” I consider Nolan to be one of the best, freshest voices in the industry. Period. Woman or man. Never one to shy away from controversy, she’s a straight-shooter who often tells it like it is. I admire her bravery for speaking on behalf of women in an industry that often tries to marginalize us. And, I dish out all of this high praise despite her being a Boston native, so you know it’s real, lol. Anyway, watch her break down every single thing that’s wrong about this Greg Hardy situation in less than four minutes.
I was traveling and missed when this was trending, but since I’ve had a chance to catch up, I don’t think anyone’s summed this up quite like Nolan. Her remarks were factual, yet succinct. And though her video has gone viral, I can’t help but wonder what the reaction would be if a man publicly took Hardy, the Dallas Cowboys, and the NFL to task in a similar fashion. When sports issues related to women are trending, women are expected to speak up. But I wish, for once, men would see the bullshit for what it is and rage against the machine on their own. Until men care about women’s rights the way women care about women’s rights the misogynistic culture, in sports, and society, will persist and prevail.