After both Washington and Jacksonville worked out Greg Hardy, the former Cowboy and Panther DE who is now most famous for being accused of domestic violence no longer has a CFL option open to him should no NFL team be willing to sign him.
Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Chris Jones said yesterday that Hardy contacted the team in the spring looking for an opportunity.
“Greg Hardy inquired to us back during camp and it was about a six-hour discussion,” Jones said. “The league made their ruling on it and we moved on.”
“He was interested in coming up. I inquired with the league. The league made their ruling, and you can talk to (CFL commissioner) Jeffrey Orridge and those guys if you need to have more info on it.”
The league says that it was the Riders who made the call to not sign him, not the league office itself.
“The decision whether to pursue a player rests with the organization. And in this case, while the league did discuss the matter with the Riders, it was ultimately the organization’s decision to not place Hardy on the Riders’ negotiation list in May.”
The CFL, unlike the NFL, has a comprehensive policy against domestic violence, which allows the league to impose penalties on players or other employees who run afoul of the rules.