Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has criticised the timing of Greg Hardy's flare-up during the loss to the New York Giants.
Hardy, who has been involved in several incidents since the start of the season which include an insensitive tweet regarding the Twin Towers, took a swipe at a coach's clipboard on the sidelines before getting into an altercation with Devin Street which led to Dez Bryant trying to act as peacemaker.
Garrett had initially refused to discuss the incident after the game, but was more open the day after and said while he can understand player passion, there is the correct time and place to display those characteristics.
"That was just a situation that oftentimes happens on a sideline where guys are trying to encourage and inspire other guys on their team," Garrett told radio station 105.3 The Fan.
"He was fired up and wanted to make sure that the special-teams unit was going to get the job done. Sometimes those things happen.
"It wasn't exactly the right time and place as we're getting ready to go out on the field. We got that conveyed and communicated and we all moved on."
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, meanwhile, had no such qualms about the outburst and, in fact, encouraged Hardy's behaviour.
"He earns it with the respect from all of his teammates. That's the kind of thing that inspires. You watched him warm up out there and he was inspirational nothing but warming up," said Jones.
"He was ready to play. He's just getting guys ready to play in my view. I don't have any issue with him being involved in motivating or pushing in any part of the football team because he plays and walks the walk."