The Dallas Cowboys took a big chance by signing Greg Hardy in 2015, and it meant a lot to the former NFL star — perhaps too much, in fact.

Hardy opened up about the downfall of his NFL career in an interview with Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated, and he was rather candid in admitting that he felt entitled after the Cowboys brought him in.

“Having the Dallas Cowboys was like having the biggest bully in the world have your back,” Hardy told Klemko. “It said, ‘Greg’s okay, give him a chance, he’s a Cowboy.’ That launched me into a party phase. I got away from reality.”

Hardy became nearly untouchable after disturbing details of his domestic violence case were released, and that’s why the Panthers decided not to re-sign him.