Nate Newton’s Ex-Wife: Greg Hardy Isn’t The Only Time Cowboys Have Knowingly Supported A Domestic Abuser
Lineman Nate Newton won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, and had a childlike demeanor that endeared him to teammates and fans. But behind the scenes he harbored some pretty ugly demons -- worst of which, says his ex-wife, was domestic abuse.
Dorothy Newton, who was married to Nate Newton for eight years, has written a memoir, Silent Cry, about how her husband changed. It was, she said, just after the Cowboys won the Super Bowl in 1992. Sports Illustrated:
"The first violence was after the first Super Bowl win," Dorothy Newton said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. "During my time with Nate, there were three Super Bowl wins and in fact, we married in January, 1992. By the fall season, it had all started. I think that was the first time he physically abused me, although I could see signs, as the verbal abuse began.
"I do believe there is a root cause to the violence and the things that he placed upon me. I believe the success and the community and the sports bubble. I’m not making excuses. There are a lot of pressures involved. It happened quite often."
Dorothy Newton said that she was disappointed in the Cowboys for signing Greg Hardy, who was convicted on two counts for domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, before the charges were dropped on a technicality.
In the SI interview, Dorothy Newton said that the Cowboys had to have known about Newton's domestic violence issues, and looked the other way. She said that they are doing the same with Hardy in defending and paying a domestic abuser.
Newton also had other issues. He was arrested on two occasions after being pulled over with an excess of 100 pounds of marijuana in a van. Dorothy Newton said that he found religion while in prison, but has never apologized to her for the abuse.