“I hope I come out guns blazing,” Hardy said, according to the team’s website. “I’m full of excitement and full of juice.”
The reference to guns is perhaps questionable given Hardy’s suspension stemmed from a domestic violence incident in which he was alleged to have thrown his then-girlfriend onto a futon covered in firearms. He was also accused of choking her and threatening to kill her.
In July 2014, Hardy was convicted by a judge in a bench trial of misdemeanor domestic violence charges. Hardy appealed the verdict and was set to stand trial in February but the charges were dropped after his accuser did not appear in court.
“I love seeing Tom Brady. He's cool as crap,” Hardy said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “You seen his wife? I hope she comes to the game. I hope her sister comes to the game. [I hope] all her friends come to the game.”
The NFL initially suspended Hardy for the first 10 games of this season but he had the suspension knocked down to four games after an appeal heard by an independent arbitrator.
- Dan Gartland