Are Super Bowls more important than morals?

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

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Nick Martinez-Esquibel. Orion file photo.


Anyone watching the Los Angeles Clippers play the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 11 heard ESPN annalist Jeff Van Gundy have some fighting words for the Dallas sports fan base.

“I would like the Dallas fans to acknowledge the sheer lunacy and absurdity that they’re booing DeAndre Jordan tonight, and they’ll be cheering for someone like Greg Hardy on Sunday.”

For those who do not follow sports as closely as others, let’s rewind and give a quick review of the DeAndre Jordan fiasco and Greg Hardy’s domestic abuse case.

This past summer, Jordan was a free agent who could sign with any NBA team. Verbally, he agreed to sign with the Dallas Mavericks but then changed his mind without telling anyone within the Mavericks organization and re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Go back even further to May 2014 when Hardy was convicted by a judge of domestic abuse on his then girlfriend. He played just one game in the 2014 NFL season and during the off-season, all charges were dropped when his girlfriend failed to cooperate with the courts during the appeal case (Was she paid off? It’s possible). Hardy then signed with the Dallas Cowboys and was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season.

So that’s where we pick up our story. Obviously upset, Dallas Mavericks fans wanted their feelings to be heard by constantly booing Jordan throughout the game.

Now, people can change their minds— There’s nothing wrong with that. Heck, I even changed my mind when deciding what I was going to write this column on. But should Jordan have been in communication with the Mavericks about how he felt? Sure, I can see that. But when measured on the ever-changing scale of society’s morals, what Jordan did does not even come close Hardy.

Dallas sports fans who boo Jordan but root for Hardy are being hypocritical and just making downright fools of themselves. In the testimony against Hardy, his girlfriend said he “dragged her from room to room by her hair, grabbed her by the throat and told her he was going to kill her.” This is the same guy fans are cheering for on Sundays.

Hardy is still one of the most dynamic pass-rushers in the NFL, but when I watch him play, that’s not what I see. I see someone who not only broke the law, but one of society’s most quintessential morals by hitting a woman. I am not alone when I say Hardy should not be playing in the NFL, no matter how good he is.

As long as Hardy is taking the field on Sundays, I will consider the Dallas Cowboys a complete disgrace. Maybe Dallas fans can be won over by how good Hardy is, but the majority of sports fans cannot.

As Van Gundy pointed out, Dallas fans need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and consider what they’re really supporting on Sundays.

Nick Martinez-Esquibel can be reached at [email protected] or @THENickMartinez on Twitter.