Greg Hardy keeps insisting he’s a changed man

AP

Speaking of guys who keep saying all the right things and not necessarily following up on their words with actions, Greg Hardy’s talking again.

And whether it went better than the last time he tried image-rehabilitation may depend mostly on your personal philosophy on forgiveness and redemption.

Via MMAFighting.com, Hardy did an interview this week with The MMA Hour in which he played all the hits, expressing something approaching but not quite reaching remorse for his domestic violence arrest, vowing sobriety after a recent cocaine possession arrest and keeping hope alive for a football career that depends on a spring minor league tour in West Virginia.

Hardy’s currently training as an MMA fighter, where his opponents will presumably be men, ones who have been practicing the art for more than a few weeks. But he said the instruction has been good for him.

“It’s helped me a lot of ways,” Hardy said. “I have a lot of problems as a human being. It’s not something that you do, just walking around saying ‘I’m perfect’ or ‘I’m good.’ Man, I have a lot of different issues that I’m definitely working through and working on. I would say this helps me channel everything. It helps me just come back down to Earth, be humble, because these are machines that I see everyday. I get choked out, punched in the face, and laid out on the mat daily, and that’s not something that a guy my size and my stature with my history has every come across.

It’s a humbling experience, man. Actually, it’s making me really appreciative of everything that I’ve had and everything that I have, and the opportunity that I have to kinda come in and show myself as a guy that is not what everybody says on TV, or, ‘he’s not a monster, he’s not a killer, a women beater,’ this, that and the other. It gives me an opportunity to just come in, be a humble guy, and learn, and honestly just be at the feet of all these champions who walk around like they’re just normal guys . . . and have the opportunity to make myself better one more time, one last time in sports and life in general.”

Asked about the pending cocaine charges, Hardy said “I don’t even think I can remember,” the last time he used alcohol or drugs, which may not be the best answer either.

“It feels like I did this to me, and it sucks,” he said. “I was where I needed to be, I had everything that I wanted, and the normal story is, ‘Man, somebody took it away,’ and I don’t have that. I took it away from myself. Now I’m nobody. I’m nowhere. I’m just in the middle of where I put myself.”

He also said he regretted his interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter (which Schefter kind of regrets too), and insisted he was not guilty of hitting his former girlfriend.

“Like I said, I’m in this position that I’m in, I did it to myself,” Hardy said. “But at the same time, nobody knows the whole story, so I have to take everything with a grain of salt.”

There was a lot more, and he worked very hard to portray a man who was genuinely sorry for his past problems. At least the ones he’d admit to.

But after no one in the NFL was willing to take a chance on a guy who once had 15.0 sacks in a season, he should probably expect that people are only going to believed he’s changed when they see it.

26 responses to “Greg Hardy keeps insisting he’s a changed man

  1. People can change and maybe he will end up becoming an asset to a community, but his time in the NFL should be over for good. Plenty of other ways to contribute to society.

  2. “He also said he regretted his interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter (which Schefter kind of regrets too), and insisted he was not guilty of hitting his former girlfriend.”

    Well, I guess that, technically, picking her up and throwing her on a pile of guns isn’t actually ‘hitting’ her so he is ‘accurate’ in that. ROFL

  3. Does he realize in MMA he’ll be fighting MEN? I mean not woman, and they hit back and hard. I’d watch him do MMA just because. But a NFL career is all but gone.

  4. He had his 2nd chance with the Cowboys and blew it.

    I hope that he enjoys his MMA career because he’s never playing in the NFL again.

  5. Remember when he came back from his ban making jokes about “guns blazing” etc? Dude is a joke, nobody believes he will change. I hope he does, nobody should cheer for him not to, even if he is a huge douche. But there are only 1696 roster spots in the NFL and he doesn’t deserve a 3rd chance.

  6. I wonder if he realizes if he gets in the ring with another MMA fighter that they actually hit back. He should also realize that he’s already proven to be much more of a headache than he was worse. Dallas went out on a limb to sign him and he rewarded them with little production and lots of problems. He, Johnny Manziel, Josh Gordon and Ray Rice should buy a house together and relive their glory days and what could have been.

  7. I’m a changed man — Translation — I’m broke and this is the only thing I know how to do to make money.

  8. Lack of an NFL pay check tends to change most men accustomed to it.

    It’s a shame. He was a young pass rusher entering his prime and he threw away his chance at generational wealth. Not just once (original incident in Carolina ) but twice (acting a fool in Dallas).

    Go start a support group with Johnny Mansiel, Josh Gordon, Justin Blackmon and all the other young NFL players who threw away their careers..

  9. I get choked out, punched in the face, and laid out on the mat daily, and that’s not something that a guy my size and my stature with my history has every come across.

    Yeah…and these guys are all your size…now imagine how your victims felt getting choked, punched and laid out by a guy that outweighed them by 100 lbs or more.

    I raise a glass to every MMA opponent that is choking, punching and laying you out daily.

  10. Yesterday’s news. He did have it all and he let is slip through his fingers because of stupid decisions. Changed or not, no NFL team in their right minds would touch him with a ten foot pole. MMA is chump change to what he made in the NFL. Maybe he should try the WWE.

  11. I read the words and I give him the benefit of the doubt. He admits he has lots of problems, just like all of you. Unlike you all, his are out there in the world for all to see. I seriously doubt ANY of your lives could stand up to this kind of scrutiny, and while my daddy raised me to never ever hit a woman and I never have, I also agree in some of these situations, there are two sides to the story. Since I was not there, I dont know what happened in his case, but he seems contrite and I wish him well, just like I wish for all of you the same things you are wishing upon him.

  12. He can always go to college and get a real job like the rest of us. Of course, he would still have to quit beating up girls and snorting coke.

  13. richndc says:
    Feb 28, 2017 3:34 PM
    I read the words and I give him the benefit of the doubt. He admits he has lots of problems, just like all of you. Unlike you all, his are out there in the world for all to see. I seriously doubt ANY of your lives could stand up to this kind of scrutiny, and while my daddy raised me to never ever hit a woman and I never have, I also agree in some of these situations, there are two sides to the story. Since I was not there, I dont know what happened in his case, but he seems contrite and I wish him well, just like I wish for all of you the same things you are wishing upon him.

    Sure, we all have problems but for the vast majority of us that doesn’t include beating the crap out of a woman. He was lucky enough to have money to pay off the victim and had a second chance and he rewarded Dallas by being an idiot. Yeah, we all have problems but we are smarter than a rusty nail, unlike Hardy. You make it sound like none of it was his fault. The reason we aren’t in his position is because we made a choice to NOT do stupid things. He made his choice to be an idiot. I don’t feel sorry for him one bit. He WASTED what was a promising NFL career because he’d rather act like a petulant moron.

  14. Hey, Greg, how are King Friday and Lady Elaine Fairchild doing? Is X the Owl still surviving living next to that whiny cat? I haven’t watched Mister Rogers Neighborhood in a few decades and I was just wondering how everyone else in the Neighborhood of Make Believe was getting along. Since it appears you live there, I thought you could give me the scoop……..

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