Jason Witten Explains Past Support Of Greg Hardy After ‘MNF’ Domestic Violence Comments

December 5, 2018 at 11:39 am by Terez in Greg Hardy, Jason Witten, NFL

On MNF, Witten blasted the Redskins for their “horrendous judgement” in claiming Rueben Foster days after an arrest on domestic violence charges. Witten did not address his previous supporting comments for ex-Cowboys teammates Greg Hardy and Ezekiel Elliott — both faced domestic violence accusations. In 2015, the Cowboys signed Hardy, and Witten said this at the time, via ESPN: “I think more than anything I think everybody knows (I’m against) domestic violence,” Witten said. “That’s unwavering. That’s something that I lived, my family lived. But that guy is a teammate of mine, so I think you have to look at it from that standpoint. As coach (Jason) Garrett says, it’s our job to invite those guys in and create a standard of how we do things. I think he’s done a great job since he’s been here. It’s not my job to decide who comes in. I’m a tight end. But I’ve been really pleased how he’s approached it and how he goes to work and what kind of teammate he’s been. The day he got suspended, the next day he’s in there working out, so I think that’s kind of the mentality he has, what kind of work ethic (he has) and what he’s trying to prove in Dallas.” […] “I think when you add the guy like that and then he gets suspended and you never know how it’s going to come out,” Witten said. “The guy works his tail off. Our job is to welcome him and show him the way we do things and embrace him as a teammate, and he’s done everything that you want. He’s a hard worker. Obviously he’s a talented player. I think he’s learned a lot from what he’s gone through in the last year. He’s had a good offseason.” Upon being criticized for calling out the Redskins but ignoring his 2015 remarks, Witten took to Twitter to explain what happened. – TO