What do you make of Greg Hardy?
Yes, Damon Amendolara lobbed a softball to Bart Scott, and Bart Scott took it from there.
“I see a guy that’s immature, and I see a guy that just doesn’t get it,” That Other Pregame Show host said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I’m hoping he gets it and somebody can be man enough to pull him aside and give him the cold, hard facts: Listen, you’re a talented player, but there’s plenty of talented players in this league, and the league will survive without you. Once the owners and the NFL decides to say they’ve had enough of you, they’ve had enough of you. It doesn’t matter what you can do as far as rushing the passer. Ask Ray Rice. In a couple years, you’re going to get a little older and you’re going to hurt yourself or you’re going to hurt somebody else. You’re going to have a regrettable moment that you can’t take back – and something that you love and and work hard and are passionate about is going to be taken away from you. I think you’ve got some mental health issues. I think you need to get evaluated.”
Scott believes the Cowboys are simply enabling Hardy, who has played in just two games for the franchise.
That will not sit well in a locker room that, at least from a defensive standpoint, is pretty weak.
“Me and him would have an issue,” Scott said. “That’s why you got to have a strong locker room if you want to bring in these type of personalities. He wouldn’t have did that with Ed Reed, Suggs. He wouldn’t have did that with myself, Haloti. That wouldn’t have went down in that locker room. We would have explained to him real quick – or we would have personally packed his stuff.”
If Hardy were his teammate, Scott would have had a heart-to-heart with him.
“I would tell him, ‘Listen, man, I hear your point, but here are ours,’” Scott said. “‘We have a brand. We have a way of doing business around here. Listen, you can play in this league, I’m sure, but you can’t play here if you’re going to be like that. You represent all of us. This is our brand. This is how we do business. This is a defensive team. We’re together. We all pull this rope one way. If you can’t pull that way, bro, bye. Simple as that. Love you, but bye.’
“You got to force men to be men,” Scott continued. “It’s easy to go along with your buddy or go along with somebody you’re playing with when they’re complaining. I remember in college, I had a (teammate) – Travis Madison – come to me all the time. ‘Coach is screwing me, man. He’s got this white boy playing over me.’ I said, ‘Travis, that dude’s better than you. It ain’t even close. So don’t expect me to come here and agree what you. It’s my responsibility as your friend to let you know he’s better than you. Him being white got nothing to do with him playing over you.’ I’m going to keep it real.”