Cowboys' Hardy criticized on Twitter over 9/11-related joke

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy, who is facing a 10-game suspension for his role in a domestic violence case, stirred criticism Friday night with a joking reference on Twitter to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Hardy was responding to a fan of his former team in Carolina after the Panthers drafted a tall receiver for the second straight year. Hardy tweeted, "didn't the twin towers get blown up lol," following a similar reference from the fan to the 2001 attacks.

The tweet came about a week after Hardy's agent acknowledged he had a verbal altercation with Cowboys defensive tackle Davon Coleman in an off season workout.

Carolina drafted 6-foot-5 receiver Devin Funchess in the second round Friday night after getting 6-5 Kelvin Benjamin in the first round last year.