Texas congressman Michael Burgess is asking the NFL why Cowboys DE Greg Hardy is allowed to play after photos were released showing the injuries sustained by his then-girlfriend in a 2014 domestic assault.
“These photos are disturbing,” Burgess said in a statement on Tuesday, via theHill.com. “I want the NFL and the Players Association [NFLPA] to explain why it’s acceptable for Greg Hardy to still be playing.”
“The newly released photographs provide a new opportunity to understand and discuss the NFL and NFLPA’s domestic violence policies and how they are being implemented,” Burgess said. “…I look forward to sitting down with both the NFL and NFLPA to better understand this situation and what can be done to ensure that those who put their hands on a woman or child are not rewarded.”
NFL responded with the following statement, per Albert Breer:
“We have provided the congressman’s staff with the information on our programs and policies that address domestic violence and sexual assault. We will visit him in person as soon as possible to update him on any issue of interest.”
Deadspin also released the transcribed from the NFL’s hearing with Hardy on Wednesday and is worth a read, if you’re interested in the matter.
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