Greg Hardy is out of a job. He played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, before they let him go for partying too much and habitually showing up late and out of shape. They didn’t let him go for his documented violence towards Nicole Holder or his unrepentant attitude about it, or his emotional outbursts on the field, as much as people wanted them to.
The Cowboys were willing to suffer backlash for employing Hardy, but whether any other team will be is an open question. Hardy, for his part, is doing his best to prevent himself from fading into obscurity while he still has playable NFL talent, so he’s scheduled to appear on ESPN’s NFL Live on Tuesday.
Adam Schefter interviewed Hardy, and ESPN released an excerpt of the interview wherein he asks the former Cowboy about the incident with Holder. His attitude about the incident is still confusing:
Hardy: “I’ve never put my hand on ANY women … In my whole entire life, No Sir. That’s just not how we’re raised. As you can tell, like I said again, it’s the Bible belt. It’s just something that’s, I wouldn’t even say frowned upon, just something that’s nonexistent in most southern homes.”
Schefter: “You say you did nothing wrong, you’re innocent and yet the pictures of her that surfaced would seem to suggest a woman who had some type of physical contact. How do you explain that?”
Hardy: “I will stop you there and say that I didn’t say that I didn’t do anything wrong. That situation occurred and that situation was handled but … saying that I did nothing wrong is a stretch but saying I am innocent is correct. Yes sir.”
Schefter: “Did you ever put your hands on her?”
Hardy: “No Sir … No Sir.”
Watching him say the words doesn’t help illuminate anything, either:
Remember, there is incontrovertible evidence that Holder was harmed, and she told police Hardy hit her and threw her onto a pile of guns. Hardy claimed she fell down. Hardy is now saying he did something wrong, but that he’s innocent of any crime. What he did wrong, in his mind, is still a mystery that will hopefully be cleared up when the full interview is released on Tuesday.