Charles Barkley shook up the sports world today after the release of his article for Bleacher Report.
The piece was focused on on Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy, who was arrested and charged with attacking and threatening his then-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, a year and a half ago. The charges were expunged, but after Deadspin released pictures of the incident Hardy has scrutiny around Hardy intensified.
While many believe that Hardy should be chucked from the NFL, Barkley believes that HArdy deserves a chance to do better.
Here is an excerpt:
For people to start going crazy a year-and-a-half later, because they saw the pictures of Holder's injuries after she was allegedly assaulted by Hardy; I'm disturbed by that. We all agree that the pictures were awful. What is supposed to happen next? If you say he can't play football anymore, what happens to him?
I believe that there are way too many black men we've just thrown away. Between mandatory minimum sentences, overworked public defenders and a whole lot of other reasons, there are too many black men behind bars.
Barkley goes on to point out other systemic flaws, including that wealthy people, football players included, "get away with crap all the time."
I believe we can't just discard people when they screw up. If Greg Hardy screws up again, I'll help him pack his ass out of Dallas, and he should never play another game the NFL if he ever puts his hands on a woman again.
Are we being too hard on Hardy? He has served his initial punishment. Should the league dish out another sentence because the pictures have surfaced?