The Cowboys’ Charlotte Jones-Anderson, who is part of the NFL’s executive committee against domestic violence, sponsored a luncheon Monday to raise awareness and funds for a transitional home for domestic violence victims.
Tight end Jason Witten shared his own story of growing up in a home where his father physically abused his mother.
As the Cowboys stood together with local groups fighting domestic violence, Greg Hardy, who missed part of this season because of his domestic violence, exploded in rage against teammates Sunday.
Hardy slapped at the clipboard of special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia after the Cowboys gave up a 100-yard kickoff return to put the New York Giants ahead for good.
After being separated from the special teams unit, Hardy was angrily in the face of other players.
Then, Dez Bryant, still mending from his broken foot, wasn’t the play maker Sunday but a peace maker, his olive branch rejected by Hardy.
FOX 4’s Shaun Rabb was at Monday’s luncheon, where the good the team is trying to do was somewhat overshadowed by Hardy’s antics.
Were Hardy’s actions too much? We asked former Cowboy great Chad Hennings, who was part of the domestic violence awareness event.
“You know, it’s...it’s, I would just say it’s unfortunate you don’t want to, particularly that type of laundry, you want to air in private in the locker room and not do it on the sidelines, ‘cause it doesn’t represent the team well,” said Hennings.
Jones-Anderson weighed in.
“I think Greg is an incredibly passionate player, and obviously, yesterday was full of emotion, particularly at that time, and I think that’s what you saw is a lot of emotion and frustration in a game that we all were hoping would go a different way,” said Jones-Anderson.
In Sunday’s post-game locker room interview, Hardy did not share whatever message he had for coaches and teammates.
Jones-Anderson says there needs to be passionate people who are invested in the game, and what everyone saw Sunday is a subset of that passionate investment, she says.
“I think we all hope that we conduct ourselves in a manner that people don’t know exactly what we are feeling, but at times, you know, when you're that emotional, it comes out,” she said.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett are being widely criticized by the pen of sports writers across the country Monday for defending Hardy as “being passionate" and having "the kind of passion you want players to display.”
They write that because of Hardy’s history, he needs to prove he can control his emotions, and the Cowboys should expect that of him.
Some feel Hardy shouldn't have been at the event because of his own issues with domestic violence.
An NFL suspension for a 2014 domestic violence case caused him to miss the first four games of the season.