Cris Carter Explains Why Jerry Jones Was So Wrong To Call Greg Hardy A Leader
Things got intense on the Cowboys' sideline Sunday... WFAA Sports' Arnold Payne captured video of Greg Hardy getting heated with teammates after Dwayne Harris returned a kick 100 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.READ: http://on.wfaa.com/1N1Dn8a
Posted by WFAA-TV on Sunday, October 25, 2015
Jerry Jones has unique management style. For someone with an ego that's visible from space, the Dallas Cowboys owner is oddly pro-player. Case in point: J.J. rushed to Greg Hardy's defense after a sideline altercation with a coach and Dez Bryant during Sunday's loss to the Giants, going as far as calling him "a leader" for showing so much passion. One one hand, Jones might just be covering his ass so as to not look foolish for signing someone seemingly everyone didn't want back in the league, explicitly because he's proven himself to be unacceptably violent. On the other, Jones may truly believe that Sunday's outburst is indicative of how powerless Hardy feels within the Cowboys power structure, so he's doubling down with some extra supportive language to help him feel more comfortable.
According to Cris Carter, Jones' endorsement of Greg Hardy as a leader in the Cowboys' locker room doesn't help anyone -- including Greg Hardy. He seemed to think the guy deserves honesty, which means Jones' should've said what everyone else thought: Greg Hardy needs to calm the hell down.
"At the end of the day he's not helping greg hardy. i'm going to tell you. i don't care how good a football player or how good his career is, because if you do the intel on greg hardy, you will know that there were plenty of altercations in carolina. there were altercations, fist fights with teammates in carolina. ok? so i wasn't going to say that before but now since jerry is talking about he's earned his leadership, let me tell you what the research tells me, all right. there were problems, and mr. richardson and his family said -- they made a statement, he cannot play for our football club. regardless how good he is."
Carter continued, shedding some light on how Jones' decision to label Greg Hardy "a leader" after fighting his co-workers enables more of this kind of behavior, while also preventing other players on the team from speaking candidly with the defensive end for fear he might kick their ass (with Jones' blessing). To Carter's estimation, Jones just created a very hostile work environment by handing the angriest dude on the roster a spiked bat.
"it is a workplace and you should feel safe, so as far as i understand what you're saying but everyone in dallas is not in that position. because the commitment the team has made to greg hardy that if you're a minimum salary player or you're just a guy trying to make it, you're not going to approach him and say anything to him, especially after you hear the owner say that's great leadership there."
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