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Greg Hardy proclaims innocence, says he has never put his hands on a woman

Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy continues to try to proclaim his innocence to an ever-skeptical public.

The free agent defensive lineman sat down for an interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter in which he called himself “innocent” and denied ever hitting a woman.

“I’ve never put my hand on any women,” Hardy said in a transcript released by ESPN. “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 prompted Hardy to explain the graphic images of the injuries that Hardy’s alleged victim, Nicole Holder, suffered.

“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.”

“Did you ever put your hands on her?” Schefter asked.

“No sir,” Hardy responded. “No sir.”

Hardy’s denials don’t really hold water, nor do they even make sense. He doesn’t deny that he did something wrong, yet he claims he’s innocent. It’s the lack of self-awareness we’ve seen from him before. He’s not only unapologetic over his role in whatever happened, he outright denies that he even had a role. Hardy can try to rehabilitate his image all he wants. It’s already ruined, and virtually nobody believes his attempts at defending himself. Not even the Cowboys want him back, and by all accounts, he hasn’t attracted any interest from anyone else despite the fact that he actually would have something to offer on the field if he weren’t such an incredible liability off of it. Hardy’s NFL career is on life support, and that is exactly where it belongs.

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