Defensive lineman Greg Hardy has given up on the NFL and will pursue a career in mixed martial arts.
Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting noted Hardy has been working on his MMA game for months with the NFL not showing much in the way of interest.
Hardy dug this hole for himself after being found guilty on two counts of domestic violence in 2014. Charges were dropped in 2015 because the accuser couldn’t be located for a trial. Hardy got suspended by the NFL, but later appeared with the Dallas Cowboys and caused distractions on the sideline. Hardy was arrested last month for cocaine possession.
The news Hardy wants to switch to MMA has been about as expected given his history. Notable journalist Jay Glazer publicly campaigned against him:
I would be incredibly disappointed in any of my fellow MMA coaches and any promoters if they took (cont) https://t.co/6lHKFHerPa
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 11, 2016
Hardy’s past isn’t a joking matter and it’s clear the MMA world won’t be overly receptive of him.
That said, it will accept him. As a business, a promotion will surely give him a shot—viewers would undoubtedly tune in to see Hardy get whipped.