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Jason Witten Explains Why He Defended Cowboys' Decision To Sign Greg Hardy

December 05, 2018 - 10:59 am

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has responded to one of his critics after he was criticized for comments he made on Monday Night Football about domestic violence in the NFL. 

Witten was chastised by some, including Robert Littal of Black Sports Online, when he said domestic violence has no place in the NFL while discussing the Washington Redskins decision to claim Reuben Foster off waivers after the San Francisco 49ers released him following more domestic violence allegations were made against him. 

"I think more than anything I think everybody knows (I’m against) domestic violence,” Witten said. “That’s unwavering. That’s something that I lived, my family lived. But that guy is a teammate of mine, so I think you have to look at it from that standpoint. As coach (Jason) Garrett says, it’s our job to invite those guys in and create a standard of how we do things. I think he’s done a great job since he’s been here. It’s not my job to decide who comes in. I’m a tight end. But I’ve been really pleased how he’s approached it and how he goes to work and what kind of teammate he’s been. The day he got suspended, the next day he’s in there working out, so I think that’s kind of the mentality he has, what kind of work ethic (he has) and what he’s trying to prove in Dallas.

“I think when you add the guy like that and then he gets suspended and you never know how it’s going to come out,” Witten said. “The guy works his tail off. Our job is to welcome him and show him the way we do things and embrace him as a teammate, and he’s done everything that you want. He’s a hard worker. Obviously, he’s a talented player. I think he’s learned a lot from what he’s gone through in the last year. He’s had a good offseason.”

After the game, Littal wrote an article asking why Witten chose to support former teammate Greg Hardy's signing with Dallas despite him being accused of domestic violence. 

"Why @JasonWitten Must Address Why When He Said He Had Zero Tolerance for Redskins Claiming Rueben Foster He Failed to Mention Why He Praised & Embraced Greg Hardy on Cowboys," Littal questioned. 

Witten responded Wednesday by saying he kept quiet about his true feelings to not hurt the team's moral. 

"Thanks for your opinion, Robert. Privately, I let my opinion be known and agreed to disagree. That day after practice I chose not to be divisive. Prob went too far. On Monday with platform and no longer member of a team,I spoke my mind. Would love your support w/
SCORE Foundation."