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Dallas Cowboys Sign Greg Hardy to One Year Deal, Depite Looming Suspension

March 19, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Dallas Cowboys Sign Greg Hardy to One Year Deal, Depite Looming Suspension

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The Dallas Cowboys made a splash in free agency by signing defensive end Greg Hardy, even though he faces suspension by the NFL.

The team signed Hardy to a one-year deal worth up to $13.1 million with incentives. The defensive end is facing a league suspension for violating the NFL’s domestic conduct policy.

Hardy played just one game and then placed on the commissioner’s exempt list after his conviction on domestic violence charges, in North Carolina.

However, the case was thrown out on appeal after the accuser never showed up to court to testify. On Wednesday, the NFL filed suit seeking evidence from the trial. League spokesman Greg Aiello announced that Hardy’s status is still “under review for potential discipline.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team researched Hardy’s background before signing him, and maintains “the contract was heavily weighted toward his participation in games.”

“Obviously a great deal of our research was dedicated to the serious issue of domestic violence and the recent events that associated Greg with that issue,” Jones said.

“Our organization understands the severe nature of domestic violence in our society and our league. We know that Greg has a firm understanding of those issues as well.”

His ex-girlfriend testified in court that Hardy threatened to kill her after he shoved her into a bathroom and onto a futon filled with guns.

Hardy has denied all the allegations and prosecutors say he reached a civil suit agreement with the woman. The NFL will have difficulty enforcing a strict personal-conduct policy enacted by owners after Hardy’s conviction, without the trial evidence.

Players with first-time violations involving assault, sexual assault, and domestic violence can receive a six-game suspensions.

Hardy recorded 15 sacks, a club record for Carolina Panthers in 2013.
He posted a picture of the Dallas skyline on Twitter with a message that read: “My new city baby … can’t wait to show out for my old and new fans.”

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