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Dallas Mayor calls signing of Greg Hardy a “shot in the gut”

While most Cowboys fans are happy with the team signing defensive end Greg Hardy, some are not happy about the new addition.

One of those people is Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who called the signing of Hardy a “shot in the gut.”

According to the Dallas Morning News, when the Cowboys signed Hardy on Wednesday, Rawlings called the Cowboys to discuss the signing.

“It is something that I heard about and immediately called the Cowboys this morning. I had a couple of conversations with them because I wanted to hear their side,” he said.

The mayor said the Cowboys told him they “took this very seriously,” conducting background checks and structuring the contract so that he would be held accountable.

“I’m a big Cowboys fan. I love them to death and I want them to beat the Eagles every time they play,” Rawlings said. “But at some point, being a sports fan gets trumped by being a father, husband, wanting to do what’s right for women, so this is not a good thing. I don’t think I’m going to be buying Hardy jerseys any time soon.”

Last spring a North Carolina judge found Hardy guilty of assaulting and threatening to kill ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, but the verdict was set aside when Hardy requested a jury trial. Charges were dropped when Holder refused to cooperate with the district attorney’s office after receiving a financial settlement from Hardy.

Hardy signed a one-year, $11.3 million deal with the Cowboys but remains on the commissioner’s exempt list and is expected to be suspended for part of the 2015 season under the league’s personal conduct policy.

“I think the attention on this issue is helping,” Rawlings said. “For too long, that line was really vague. It was a gray area. I think that line is getting very clear now. You never, never, never hit a woman. In this case common knowledge says he did. It’s unacceptable by me and he’s going to have to deal with the repercussions of that. I’m sorry that happened for the woman. I’m sorry that happened for him, but it did and we’ve got to deal with it going forward now.”

Rawlings said he’s still going to root for the Cowboys. But, he added, “that doesn’t mean I have to agree with every play that’s called and every person that’s hired, and in this case, I don’t.”

Rawlings did say he hopes Hardy can redeem himself and be an advocate in ending abuse in the future.

“I hope he will be in 10 years a person we look back and say he changed a lot of kids’ lives because he dealt with the issue, he talked about it and he owned up to it,” Rawlings said. “I hope that’s the case.”