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IRVING, Texas — Randy Gregory glanced toward Dez Bryant’s locker several times, the new Dallas defensive end noting he didn't think it was an accident his neighbor was an All-Pro receiver whose career started with off-the-field issues.

The Cowboys drafted Gregory despite a failed drug test and concerns about his maturity after making one of the most notable moves in free agency with pass rusher Greg Hardy despite his role in a domestic violence case.

Add the unique signing of La’el Collins after his draft was ruined by a police investigation that so far hasn’t turned up any involvement by the former LSU offensive lineman in the shooting death of a woman he knew. Dallas has an interesting locker room mix for coach Jason Garrett coming off an NFC East championship.

“I think the main thing is trying to keep all the baggage outside the locker room,” Gregory said Friday after his first workout in the rookie minicamp opener. “I think that's what Dez has done. I think that’s what guys in my position have done that’s been in the past, and that's what I'm going to do.”

Twitter

IRVING, Texas — Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy, who is facing a 10-game suspension for his role in a domestic violence case, stirred criticism Friday night with a joking reference on Twitter to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Hardy was responding to a fan of his former team in Carolina after the Panthers drafted a tall receiver for the second straight year. The fan referred to the receivers as “The Twin Towers” and included photos of both 6-foot-5 receivers — Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, a second-round pick Friday night.

Hardy tweeted: “didn't the twin towers get blowN up lol.”

The fan later responded: “It’s the Twin Towers because of KB and Funchess’s size, not because of what happened. C’mon now...”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, who was in the team’s draft room when the tweet began to go viral, said he had already tried to contact Hardy over the matter.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones also said he was aware of the tweet. “We will address that and we’ll just leave it at that,” Jones said. “We all know that we’re living in a time now that you don’t allude or use examples that socially ... are just out of step or bad taste. Those are some of the kinds of things it’s good to be able to have a good line of communication with players and address and work on.”

By SSG Teddy Wade [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

DALLAS — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a taped deposition played for jurors this week that the league was responsible for problems that left hundreds of fans without seats or with restricted views during the 2011 Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium.

“I’m not blaming others. I’m blaming ourselves. I’m accepting responsibility,” Goodell said in the deposition, which was recorded in 2013. “It is our event. It is our responsibility to produce it in a positive way and make sure we deliver on our promise.”

Oops! (A Diary from the 2012 Campaign Trail)
Jay Root

Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root has written a book about the Perry presidential run called “Oops! A Diary From the 2012 Campaign Trail.” The latest issue of Texas Monthly says there’s a battle over the future of UT; Paul Burka is the Texas Monthly senior editor and wrote the article “Storming the Ivory Tower.” Joe Nick Patoski talks about writing his new book: “The Dallas Cowboys: the outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America.”