Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson said he took out his anger at Greg Hardy on the field on Sunday in the wake of the photos released last week of the injuries he inflicted on his ex-girlfriend last year.
“Any time I had a chance to put a little extra mustard on a block, I tried,” Johnson said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “He wasn’t all that emotional in the game. I guess he is in other games. I don’t know if the stuff got to him on the news, but he kind of seemed out of it a little bit.”
The Dallas Cowboys defensive end was found guilty in July 2014 of assaulting a female and communicating threats. The charges were dropped on appeal when Hardy’s ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, did not appear at the trial. The NFL suspended him for 10 games, but later reduced the suspension to four games after an appeal.
On Saturday, Hardy posted a message on Twitter to “express his regret” for his past actions, but his apology didn’t stop the Eagles from expressing their distaste for him.
“I’m glad he didn’t have a good day,” Eagles center Jason Kelce said. “It’s a joke a guy like that is able to play this quickly. ... Three people I have zero respect for in this world: People who hit women, who molest children, and rapists.”
Hardy had one sack and two tackles in the Cowboys’ 33–27 overtime loss to Philadelphia. Dallas will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 10.
- Erin Flynn