Former Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Greg Hardy has announced his intentions to become a professional mixed martial arts competitor. The move is unwanted by many, due to Hardy’s regularly unfortunate conduct.
Hardy missed most of the 2014 season due to an alleged assault incident involving a former girlfriend and a bed covered with firearms.
The woman said he told her all the weapons were loaded, and that he “threatened to shoot me if I went to the media or reported his assaults to anyone.” She estimated between 25 and 30 guns, including “AK-47s, automatic-looking weapons, shotguns, rifles, and pistols.”
Hardy was found guilty by a North Carolina judge, but following procedure in that state, asked for a jury trial. The case was dismissed when the alleged victim did not appear.
And Hardy was arrested for cocaine possession last month.
Sports journalist, broadcaster, and gym owner Jay Glazer asked the sport to draw the line.
“I would be incredibly disappointed in any of my fellow MMA coaches and any promoters if they took Greg Hardy in and taught him a shred of our incredible sport,” he tweeted. “Many of us train women in self-defense specifically to help protect vs. domestic violence. Me and all my coaches at Unbreakable Performance Training Center do and take great pride in that. Competing in any sport is a privilege, Greg Hardy should not be granted the privilege. There are many beautiful arts taught in our sport, none of which should be afforded to him.”
Hardy, who is 6′ 4″ and 278 pounds would be competing in the heavyweight division. He has reportedly been training for several months in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. MMA Fighting reports that several promotions have already expressed interest in signing him.
Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship president Mick Maynard said he would like to have Hardy fight for his promotion.
“We could have him fight for us January 13th in Dallas,” wrote Maynard.
And because the world can use laugh, let’s give Adam Hunter the last word for now.