Former Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy said he was innocent in the case regarding the assault of his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder in an interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.
“I’ve never put my hand on any women,” Hardy said in the interview. “In my whole entire life, no sir. That’s just how we 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.”
Hardy was convicted on charges of domestic violence in 2014, but the case was thrown out during the appeals process in February 2015 when Holder stopped cooperating with authorities.
During the interview, Schefter asked Hardy to explain how he did nothing wrong when there are pictures of Holder, which seem to indicate that foul play was involved.
“I will stop you there and say that I didn’t say that I didn’t do anything wrong,” Hardy said. “That situation occurred and that situation was handled, but saying that I did nothing wrong is a stretch. But saying that I am innocent is correct. Yessir.”
Schefter looked to clarify things further by asking, “Did you ever put your hands on her?”
“No sir,” Hardy said.
Hardy, who was with the Carolina Panthers at the time of the assault, served a four-game suspension last year for violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy before playing the remainder of the season for the Dallas Cowboys.
He is currently a free agent.