On Friday, Greg Hardy continued to tarnish his already horrible reputation when he thought it would be a great idea to show off his comedic skills with a “joke” about the tragic events of 9/11 that claimed the lives of 2,996 people. It cam during the NFL Draft, when Hardy’s former squad, the Carolina Panthers, selected Michigan TE/WR Devin Funchess during the second round. The Panthers already have wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who is 6’5″, and Funchess is also 6’5″, so a Panthers fan suggested that they be nicknamed the “Twin Towers.”
The Twin Towers pic.twitter.com/ji2jTtfUJY
— Adam Johnson™ (@TigerPanthrHeat) May 2, 2015
That’s when Hardy decided to grace us with his astute and uproarious insight.
There’s nothing funny about 3,000 people dead, especially from an event that rocked an entire nation. And the “joke” wasn’t even comedy, it was just stating a dreadful and cataclysmic fact. Hardy of course deleted the tweet and issued a heartfelt apology on his Twitter.
Ill say this I apologize 4a comment that mentioned an event where no reference 2humor is ever ok but I hope my real fans know I would never
— N/A (@OverlordKraken) May 2, 2015
Hardy’s current employer, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, released a statement on the disturbing tweet:
“We will address that and we’ll just leave it at that. We all know that we’re living in a time now that you don’t allude or use examples that socially … are just out of step or bad taste. Those are some of the kinds of things it’s good to be able to have a good line of communication with players and address and work on.”
Hardy, signed a one-year, $11.3 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason, but was then suspended for 10-games soon after. The NFL punished Hardy after an extensive two-month investigation into his assault of former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, in which he threatened to kill her in 2014. He was found guilty and received a 60-day suspended sentence and 18 months’ probation on misdemeanor charges. Maybe Greg Hardy needs to get a hobby or a kitten to occupy his time more productively.