Animal abuse, domestic violence are connected

dog-abuse 2Beating a dog can indicate even darker tendencies

Hopefully the young man in this Dallas News story – a college football player – gets help. I couldn’t watch the video as part of the story.

Let’s stop punting the issue

Football“Troubled but talented.” That’s what some are saying about Greg Hardy, the former Carolina Panthers DE just signed by the Dallas Cowboys. But that didn’t stop the Cowboys from signing him, in spite of the baggage he brings with him to “America’s team.”

Hardy was convicted of assaulting and communicating threats to his then-girlfriend last summer, although both counts were dropped after the accuser failed to show in court. The Carolina Panthers decided not to re-sign their former player. The Cowboys expressed an interest in Hardy along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and when the Bucs opted not to pursue him, Dallas signed him.

The NFL will probably suspend Hardy for a few games. Remember, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (finally) spoke out about domestic violence following a number of high-profile cases around the league.

These events have sports reporters, football fans, Cowboys aficionados and just about everyone in Dallas (and around the country) expressing their points of view on this topic. Dallas Morning News columnist Jacquielynn Floyd penned an insightful commentary on Hardy’s signing. Dale Hansen, sports anchor for ABC’s Dallas affiliate WFAA, shared his thoughts yesterday.

Whether it’s in the NFL or elsewhere, the discussion around domestic abuse should continue.