When asked whether Hardy had worn out his welcome in Dallas this season, Mincey said that the fellow defensive end, who sat next to him in the locker room, was always welcomed by him. However, Mincey did add that Hardy became “too much.”
“I have to deal with him, and being that you have to deal with him, I grew accustomed to a misunderstood person and I got to know him a little better than a lot of people here,” Mincey said. “It was tough. It was tough. You know, you got this guy, who you want to be a leader, and then you got that guy. It was just too much.”
Mincey then went on to say that tensions in the locker room grew as a result of Hardy’s behavior. Hardy reportedly lost support from his teammates after he missed several meetings and almost missed practice.
“I hate [that] it happened — you talk about a team that was so close knit and tight and all of a sudden it was just different,” Mincey said. “I wouldn’t say that he’s the reason for that happening, but sometimes change, sometimes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You know what I mean? And sometimes with change, the team is different.”
Mincey added that skill doesn’t matter if the player is not on the same page as the rest of the team, and that it would be difficult to bring Hardy back to Dallas.
Last week, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett declined to comment on whether he wants the team to re-sign Hardy, who is now a free agent.
Hardy signed with Dallas this off-season. He served a four-game suspension at the start of the season for a 2014 domestic violence incident.
- Xandria James