After insensitive 9/11-related tweet, Greg Hardy bids farewell to Twitter

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Two days after an insensitive tweet about the Sept. 11 attacks, it appears as if Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy has decided to get off Twitter.

At the Taste of the NFL event Sunday at AT&T Stadium, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team addressed the tweet with Hardy that night.

"I think it's important to just have great discipline with [social media]," Garrett said. "I'm not someone who is on Twitter. I understand that a lot of people are, and that's part of the fabric of our culture these days. But I just think it's important for guys to use it the right way. We try to emphasize that to our guys. 'Distinguish yourself with your play, not with what you say,' is something we talk about all the time. That's just another medium that we have to address.

"Some guys just need reinforcement one way or the other when they reach out and do some of those things. It's all a learning process. None of us are perfect so we're just trying to address it as these things come up."

Two hours later, Hardy offered up the following two tweets:

The Cowboys have had discussions with Hardy regarding his Twitter usage before last week's tweet, which was in response to a Carolina Panthers fan who tweeted a photo of Kelvin Benjamin and the team's second-round pick, Devin Funchess, calling them "The Twin Towers."

Hardy replied: "didn't the twin towers get blowN up lol." He later deleted the tweet and apologized.

Perhaps Sunday he took another step in ending his social media use.

"I think in general we have a policy of just use good restraint when you're involved in all that kind of stuff," Garrett said. "Think about the implication of your words."