Greg Hardy has put his NFL career on hold to pursue a career in mixed marshal arts — something NFL reporter and MMA coach Jay Glazer is strongly against.
Of course, it’s a stretch to say Hardy has any chance at furthering his NFL career to begin with. No team has the gall to sign him at this point in light of his transgressions, which include beating a woman, throwing her on a bed full of guns and threatening to kill her.
With this in mind, it’s not surprising that Glazer is so opposed to Hardy joining the ranks of MMA. Here’s what he had to say on the matter.
“I would be incredibly disappointed in any of my fellow MMA coaches and any promoters if they took Greg Hardy in and taught him a shred of our incredible sport. Many of us train women in self defense specifically to help protect vs domestic violence. Me and all my coaches at @Unbreakable do and take great pride in that. Competing in any sport is a privilege, Greg Hardy should not be granted the privilege. There are many beautiful arts taught in our sport, none of which should be afforded to him.”
It’s not likely Hardy will be shunned by everyone in the MMA community, but heeding Glazer’s words would be a good call.
In fact, Hardy has already been training in MMA.
“I’m very focused and excited to start my MMA career,” Hardy said in a statement (h/t Pro Football Talk). “I’m going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that.”
It will be interesting to see what happens next. Glazer is an influential figure in the MMA community, but the fighting community in general has long been tolerant of figures who have questionable moral character.
Hardy was recently arrested and was found to have cocaine on his person.