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.”