Greg Hardy refuses to explain what happened

AP

Free agent defensive end Greg Hardy was given a chance to explain on ESPN what happened on the day he was accused of domestic violence. Hardy declined to explain.

In an interview that aired today, Adam Schefter asked Hardy, “How do you explain what happened?”

Hardy answered, “I don’t think I want to get into a situation like that. It’s in the past. I want to say that I’m an innocent man, I’ve been proven not guilty, and it’s a situation that’s in my past. And I feel like, as a grown man, as a football player of my caliber there are situations, inside that situation, where it has nothing to do with the situation, but I could have done better. I should have done better.”

Hardy’s goal in granting Schefter the exclusive interview was obviously to present himself as a person an NFL team could proudly add to its roster, but that answer isn’t gong to do Hardy any favors. If he’s an innocent man, why won’t he answer the simple question, What happened?

It also isn’t accurate for Hardy to say he’s “been proven not guilty.” Charges were dropped after he reached a civil settlement with his accuser and she declined to testify against him in a criminal trial. That’s a far cry from being “proven not guilty.”

When Schefter asked Hardy how his accuser got bruises on his body — bruises that have been documented in graphic photographs — Hardy answered, “Like I said, that’s a conversation for lawyers. Pictures are pictures and they can be made to look like whatever they want to.”

Again, that’s not a satisfying answer. Is Hardy suggesting that the pictures were doctored? If so, why wouldn’t he have said so clearly and unequivocally the moment the pictures were first used as evidence against him?

Hardy tried to portray himself as having been treated unfairly, saying he feels that he’s become “a leper.” That won’t change after this interview. In fact, NFL teams will likely be even less interested in signing Hardy now than they were before.

102 responses to “Greg Hardy refuses to explain what happened

  1. “If he’s an innocent man, why won’t he answer the simple question, What happened?”
    Are we talking about Tom Brady or Greg Hardy?
    Both are “innocent” according to a judge…haha haha

  2. Victim based thinker. So many of them these days. Life owes you nothing. You EARN what you get. Everyone faces adversity at some point. Learn to cope, adjust and overcome.

    A FORMER NFL FAN-GROWN TIRED OF DOUBLESPEAK

  3. Leave it to ESPN and thirsty ass Schefter to conduct this interview. Can’t we just move on from this clown and stop paying him any attention?

  4. We Packers fans love this guy!
    Our domestic violence rates skyrocket after our losses. Our dogs run for their lives.
    Ted, wake up, he’ll fit right in!

  5. “Conversation for lawyers.”

    Well it’s certainly not a conversation being had between the NFL and his agent.

  6. Put your hands on a woman or a child and you lose the right to play in the NFL, end of story.

  7. It’s not his away from team stuff that has the Cowboys not wanting him back, it’s his locker room and meeting room presence that are why they don’t want him back.

  8. The real kicker here is his explanation as to why his situation differs from Greg Hardy.

    I don’t care how big of a man you are, if you hit a woman outside of being in fear of your mortal safety; you’re a POS.

  9. it is clear that he believes that by paying off the accuser, his slate was wiped clean. It wasn’t.

    I wonder what he sees when he looks in a mirror

  10. Disturbing; even more disturbing as stories of his conduct in college comes to light. I wish he had been asked to turn over the settlement agreement with the victim – then we’d really see the truth. His lawyers wouldn’t let him, of course. I bet there is a confidentiality provision that prevents her from discussing the case.

  11. This is proof that being rich doesn’t mean you are smart…..you can be rich and dumb, something to think about Trump fans….

  12. As I said on another thread, better for the world to think you’re an idiot than to open your mouth and dispel with those few remaining doubters.

  13. No I don’t want to tell you how I physically beat a woman half my size. Just know that I am innocent!!!

  14. Is it any wonder this guy is still unemployed? I hope I’m wrong, but sooner or later some NFL team will become desperate enough to sign this guy.

  15. “Proven not guilty”.

    I don’t think he fundamentally understands anything about his situation or what words mean.

  16. Don’t know why they let him go on TV. Dumber than a mule. I hope no team is desperate enough to sign him.

  17. Aside from his terrible answers to the questions, who decided to dress him for this interview? A stocking hat, t-shirt, & cut-off jeans? The man made over $20m over the past couple years, and he couldn’t find time to shop for a wardrobe??? This was basically a high profile interview, and it looks like he woke up late, grabbed what was on the floor from the night before, and ran out the door!

  18. All I can say is that he’s lucky he was able to make some money playing football because without that he wouldn’t be walking around as an ignorant free man.

  19. He is a goon. He is also astonishingly stupid and believes he is a victim. There are many like him in the NFL. Zero accountability and no sense of responsibility or reality.

  20. Because BSPN was just trying for TMZ sports type sensation nothing more . People know this sick story and there is no need to revisit this. I am not surprised BSPN tried though.

  21. deneb1973 says:
    Apr 5, 2016 3:03 PM

    Disturbing; even more disturbing as stories of his conduct in college comes to light. I wish he had been asked to turn over the settlement agreement with the victim – then we’d really see the truth. His lawyers wouldn’t let him, of course. I bet there is a confidentiality provision that prevents her from discussing the case.
    ————————-
    Are you talking about Peyton Manning?

  22. What was he supposed to say? His ex-was a gold digger and that they recently watched the scene from Fight Club where he beats himself up in order to get free money.

  23. What a vile POS. Yet Goodell is just fine with him back in the league.

    Roger Goodell domestic violence enabler

    Goodell’s National Integrity League

    Goodell is VILE

    Goodell and his cronies must go

  24. I don’t see how he owes an explanation to anybody. All I need him to do is stay out of jail and play good football.

    His woman has to decide if the settlement is worth the risk.

  25. I am not a fan of this idiot, but he really has no other choice. Either he still faces potential civil liability or, more likely, it has been settled with a confidentiality clause. Opening his mouth puts him in the same situation that Manning got himself into. For once, he is actually doing the smart thing.

  26. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    Apr 5, 2016 3:06 PM

    ……it’s April….by August, 20 of the 32 teams will be calling his agent for his services……

    ———————————-

    Want to take a guess how many teams called inquiring about his services last year? TWO. And the Buccaneers wanted to put CYA language in the contract in case his continued his turd ways that the brilliant GM Jerrah never considered and which GH considered a slap in the face.

  27. “Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says”

    Have you ever posted something that got more up arrows than down arrows? You just aren’t clever or funny, but seem to not have realized that yet.

  28. Like him or hate him, there’s no reason at all for him to say anything to the media. If a team asks him behind closed doors, sure, but it was obviously a bad situation, we know he was pretty out of control, and there’s no reason to go on the record about it for the sake of the public.

  29. Would have at least been a SHRED more credible had he accused her of trying to run a scheme on him.

    The pics were photoshopped? You really wanna go with that one?? Dumb is too mild a word to use for this guy.

  30. This happened 2yrs ago, let it go people, if he spends wisely he still doesn’t have to work another day in his life……

  31. Enjoy your forced retirement – I hope your future car wash (see the 30 for 30 – Broke) the worse of luck and that bankruptcy comes sooner than later.

  32. Depressing fact is that he’d still be playing some place in the NFL IF he had come back in shape and didn’t take two plays off out of every three. THAT’S why he’s now unemployed– has nothing to do with throwing a battered woman on a bed covered with assault weapons.

  33. Didn’t present himself well and should have had a better answer prepared for an interview question he knew was coming………Should have given vague details without specifically acknowledging criminal activity….

    i.e.- I have apologized to my former girlfriend for my misbehavior and role in the unfortunate incident. I apologized to my, my family, my friends and teammates as well. While the domestic situation was shown to be non-criminal, my actions and response to the domestic squabble were wholly my fault, not appropriate, and I wish were handled much differently. I won’t go into the exact details of the incident, but will state it was a domestic arguement that got out of control and escalated into mutual physical contact. The incident, was blown out of proportion by the press/speculators but that does not absolve me of making the mistake and serious error in judgement. For that, I again ask for everyone’s forgiveness as I did from my former girlfriend…..She and I have come to a mutual agreement on how best we both can move on with our lives….We have done that and I am hoping to get back to concentrating on the game I love, football.

  34. He is done. Originally wanted Dallas to resign for 1 year deal. Now not in a million years. As much as I have sympathy for those with mental issues, he is poison to any team. I wish him luck finding the help he needs. Hardy, save your money, move to Fiji for a year, get help, and try again in a year or so. Even if a 15 sack guy, wouldn’t want him

  35. “I want to say that I’m an innocent man, I’ve been proven not guilty”
    ————————–
    1) You “want” to say you’re innocent, but you aren’t.
    2) And you were proven GUILTY by a judge-only quickie-court decision, but then demanded a full trial by jury and in the intervening time paid off your accuser and the case folded – that’s not the same as being proven innocent, in fact it pretty much confirms the opposite!

  36. whiteybulgersson says:
    Apr 5, 2016 2:58 PM
    What if she hit him first? Adrian Peterson gave his son a whooping but when Hardy does it to a woman he gets blamed?
    ______________________

    This guy uses his size stength and agility to avoid, 300LB athletes trying to stop him from getting to the QB.

    I think he could have done the same with someone that wasn’t a world class athlete.

  37. “This happened 2yrs ago, let it go people”

    If that was your sister, your mother, your friend who had been beaten would you let it go ?

    Have you ever known personally a victim of domestic violence ? I have, I’ve gone out with several women who were abused.

    Years after the fact they were still suffering the effects of that abuse and had mental issues as a result.

    This wasn’t shoplifting or some minor thing. The fact that you think this should just “go away” because it was a couple years ago shows you know absolutely nothing about domestic violence, and I strongly urge you to educate yourself.

  38. @chawk12thman

    Would you say that you beat a lot of women and need to publicly apologize, or do you just spend a lot of time justifying anti-social acts in general?

  39. “…..there are situations, inside that situation, where it has nothing to do with the situation…..”

    No place for him in the NFL but political office could be in his future.

  40. Why hasn’t anyone who says this is so important go and ask the ex girlfriend?

    The civil settlement is most likely why he can’t mention any specifics. If it was that important for us all to know, go and ask his ex what happened! She’ll probably not say anything either or she will have to give all that money back!

  41. Yipes! The word “seen” should have come after I’ve and before beaten. I could die. Sorry.

  42. I can help : he beat the crap out of his gf,threw her onto a bed of illegal assault rifles threatened her life then when she actually finally called the police he attached her somewhat questionable character ( mind you this guy loved and dated this chick for a while in spite of her character).

    Bc of the stupid laws in NC he was basically allowed to see if their was a case to decide whether to pay her off. Of course he was convicted and found guilty but then kicks in this loophole where he can immediately apply and start an appeal with the new knowledge that he is guilty so now he can pay her off to not show up to the appeal and thus wall Scott free…

    One if my biggest issues with this was that he was on paid leave while convicted of battery. He literally made like 12 million dollars to stay home which he easily could use to pay her off pay any attorney fees and still pocket millions.

    Imo if he is really sorry or really just wants to play football he would play for the league minimum and donate his entire paycheck to a domestic violence organization. I mean the man beat his longtime gf up and couldn’t play and still made 10 plus million in one season.

  43. @ harrisonhits2….

    My mother was a victim of DV, she divorced and moved on with her life and we have never spoken about it. I saw DV first hand but was powerless because I was a child at the time but I will never let anybody touch her again, trust me!!!!!

    Whatever happened in Hardy case “the victim” chose to take a “payout” instead of seeking justice and bringing the issue to light so that it doesn’t happen to others, tells me all I need to know about her…..

  44. The same way that police will tell you that innocent people do not run when they see the police pass by; innocent people do not shell out 6 or 7 figures of their income to someone accusing them of something unless it is to silence them from putting them away for a long time. Very simple.

  45. I do get the perspective that what if your sister, daughter, female friend was his victim, or the victim of any domestic violence, how would you feel?

    Let me also pose, what if Greg Hardy, or someone like that was your son, brother, father, etc.? For me, after I was done whipping his ass, I would want him to get help, OWN his problem, beg forgiveness from everyone and anyone, and then, if truly contrite, I believe in second chances. For me, that is tied to my faith.

    To be clear, if Greg Hardy was my son and acted like this, I’d be done with him.

    Curious what other will say.

  46. “And I feel like, as a grown man, as a football player of my caliber there are situations, inside that situation, where it has nothing to do with the situation…”

    That phraseology is worthy of the commi$$ioner. And here all this time we’ve been thinking Hardy is as dumb as a box of rocks, that’s an insult to rocks everywhere.
    Two things my grandfather always said to me came to mind when I read his most recent comments. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt” and “It is amazing how in spite of all proof to the contrary you think the way out of a hole is digging it deeper.”

  47. Only a matter of time before an organization with no integrity like the Seahawks or the Broncos pick him up.

  48. I say he will likely go to the Browns or the Raiders. He ripped the Panthers for about $14,000,000. I guess that might mean he’s a winner? What a loser! Great season with the”Boys” last year.

  49. steelerben says:
    Apr 5, 2016 4:10 PM
    @chawk12thman

    Would you say that you beat a lot of women and need to publicly apologize, or do you just spend a lot of time justifying anti-social acts in general?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I actually wasn’t making a judgement call or trying to excuse his behavior. I was pointing out how badly prepared Hardy was to do an interview. My comments were made to illustrate how easy it is to say nothing and yet seemingly get away with it….ie. Ray Rice and others. I don’t take offense to your question; its valid. I guess I should have qualified my comments to make that point better.

  50. Hardy is a member of the entitlement generation. Throw in the enablers that generally surround people like Hardy, and you get people like Hardy.

  51. Hardy is a member of the entitlement generation. Throw in the enablers that generally surround people like Hardy, and you get people like Hardy.

    You must be talking about Jerry J. Like if the Cowboys suck.

  52. What’s really pathetic is – and I swear I am not making this up – how many Dallas fans think he is completely innocent.

  53. As to Hardy’s insinuation that the pictures were doctored…
    Those were not someone’s personal photos, those were actual police evidence photos taken by the police on the scene the night of the incident. He can try and be slick and try to insinuate they were doctored but if he came out and actually made that claim I believe he would be facing legal issues again. I don’t think the police would take that without pursuing action. I guess the photos they took of all his guns on the bed were doctored as well?
    (This guy needs need to just go away. What he should have done was just come clean initially, admit his mistake and ask for foregiveness. I’m not suggesting he should have incriminated himself but he could said generically ‘I know what did was wrong…’. Of course this would have meant he would have faced a stiffer punishment from the NFL but if he stayed out of trouble and should genuine contrition upon his return he would have been much more well received. Heck after he was thrown a lifeline by Jerry Jones last season he acted like he never did anything wrong and now that he was back in the NFL making millions he could thumb his nose at society. He didn’t even fake it for a little while. At this point I don’t think anybody is going to believe or accept any act of contrition at this point. )

  54. “Pictures are pictures and they can be made to look like whatever they want to.”

    …”I’m not saying that while I was lying on the Spanish Announce Table at Wrestlemania she climbed to the top of the Hell In A Cell and narrowly missed me as I rolled away, causing her to crash through, but…”

  55. Just keep walking yourself to the gallows Greg…

    The more you talk, the further you get from ever getting a chance to do anything but be the tough guy on Cellblock ‘D’.

  56. trailerparkking says:
    Apr 5, 2016 2:52 PM
    “If he’s an innocent man, why won’t he answer the simple question, What happened?”
    Are we talking about Tom Brady or Greg Hardy?
    Both are “innocent” according to a judge…haha haha

    By no means a Patriots fan but comparing a guy who beats the living pulp out of a girl and then threatens her not to testify with a guy who may have over-inflated a football? You need to get the mouth off of the tailpipe dude

  57. This reminds me of Rafael Palmeiro, a guy busted by the league for one thing and is doing is everything to avoid his guilt.

    At least Palmeiro has an alibi.

  58. Greg Hardy is a piece of crap. He is a worthless. Say what you want, but the Dallas Cowboys are crap for signing him (and I was a lifelong Cowboys fan).

    You know how I know he is worthless? The Cowboys are notorious for trying talent with questionable character. They won’t even touch him! He acted up on the sidelines on national TV, no telling what he did in the locker room. He has no remorse, won’t admit anything that he did, and came to an agreement with the girl he did it to so she can’t say crap about him. The Cowboys are pathetic and Jerry Jones knows as much about football talent and putting together a team as my 2 year old daughter.

  59. “And I feel like, as a grown man, as a football player of my caliber there are situations, inside that situation, where it has nothing to do with the situation”

    Pure comedy gold

  60. But yet, he got paid 11 million last year. Good job Jerruh. Your team leader has spoken.

  61. I think it’s pretty safe to say no one on these boards will shed a tear if this dirtbag never plays another down in the NFL…

  62. Seems like a horrible person. He is so deplorable he would probably only be welcome on 32 teams, and Im guessing only 32 local media markets would be more than happy to praise him as a leader.

  63. I don’t like Hardy much. But it also bothers me that Schefter is benefitting from this. How about he agrees to an interview where he reveals how he accessed the confidential medical records.

  64. “…When Schefter asked Hardy how his accuser got bruises on his body…”
    ———–

    “His body”? Was his girlfriend packing? That is a story in and of itself.

  65. what do you expect him to say? something like… “well, i punched her in the face?…” or what?
    c’mon man.

  66. in the interview he talks about his parents and how they are both LEO or retired LEO why have they not said anything? i cannot recall any public statements from them any one heard anything?

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