Greg Hardy on sexual assault incident: 'I've never put my hand on any woman'

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Adam Schefter of ESPN was granted an exclusive interview with NFL free agent Greg Hardy, months after his tenure with the Dallas Cowboys came to an end. Hardy was initially suspended for the first 10 games of last season after details of a gruesome domestic violence incident emerged -- though that suspension was later reduced to four games.

During Hardy's stint in Dallas, numerous dramas unfolded, including on-field fits of rage and previously unseen photos of his accuser leaking online.

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His NFL future is now in question, with the Cowboys -- the team willing to bring him on despite everything that came along with it -- declining to re-sign him. Perhaps this is why Hardy's camp felt the timing was right to set up a one-on-one with football media's most important personality.


In the brief clip of the interview that hasn't yet aired in full, Hardy tells Schefter that he has never put his hand "on any woman."

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.

Hardy was originally found guilty after a bench trial in North Carolina, but in a jury trial, his accuser failed to cooperate with the prosecution. The case was later dismissed after a settlement was reached.

The interview will air in full Tuesday on ESPN.

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Greg Hardy on sexual assault incident: 'I've never put my hand on any woman'

Greg Hardy

- Arrested for assault and communicating threats against his ex-girlfriend

Current team: Dallas Cowboys

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Ray Rice

- Indicted for third-degree aggravated assault after hitting his then-fiancee

Current team: Free Agent

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Brandon Marshall

- Arrested on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer in 2004
- Arrested on suspicion of domestic violence against his girlfriend in 2007
- Charged with misdemeanor battery in Georgia in 2008
- Arrested in 2009 for disorderly conduct while fighting with his fiancee
- Accused of hitting a woman in New York in 2012

Current team: New York Jets

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson

- Pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charge of reckless assault against his four-year-old son

Current team: Minnesota Vikings

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Terrell Suggs

- Allegedly threw a soap dispenser at his then-girlfriend in 2009
- Accused of attacking his then-girlfriend in 2012

Current team: Baltimore Ravens

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Johnny Manziel

- Accused of hitting his girlfriend

Current team: Cleveland Browns

(AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk, File)

Fred Davis

- Accused of assaulting a woman in 2011

Current team: Washington Redskins

(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Adam 'Pacman' Jones

- Cited for misdemeanor assault in October of 2006
- Part of a shooting and multiple assaults at a Las Vegas strip club in 2007
- Accused of hitting a woman at a strip club in Georgia in 2008

Current team: Cincinnati Bengals

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Albert McClellan

- Charged with battery and simple assault with threat or intent to do violence against his girlfriend in 2012

Current team: Baltimore Ravens

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Bruce Miller

- Accused of assaulting girlfriend in 2015, later reduced to a charge of disturbing the peace

Current team: San Francisco 49ers

(Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

Chris Cook

- Accused and acquitted of strangling his girlfiend

Current team: Free Agent

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Courtney Upshaw

- Charged with third-degree domestic violence in 2009 alongside his then-girlfriend. Charges were later dropped.

Current team: Baltimore Ravens

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Daryl Washington

- Pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend

Current team: Arizona Cardinals

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Dez Bryant

- Charged with a class A misdemeanor domestic violence charge for hitting his mother

Current team: Dallas Cowboys

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Dorial Green-Beckham

- Accused of pushing a woman down the stairs

Current team: Tennessee Titans

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

James Harrison

- Charged with simple assault in 2008

Current team: Pittsburgh Steelers

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Jonathan Dwyer

- Accused of assaulting his wife and 18-month-old child

Current team: Free Agent

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Justin Cox

- Arrested for domestic violence in 2015

Current team: Free Agent

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Leroy Hill

- Arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse after allegedly hitting his girlfriend in 2010

Current team: Free Agent

(Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)

Phillip Merling

- Charged with aggravated battery against his pregnant fiancee in 2010

Current team: Free Agent

(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Quincy Enunwa

- Accused of assaulting his girlfriend

Current team: New York Jets

(Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Randy Starks

- Charged with domestic assault in 2006

Current team: Cleveland Browns

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Robert Sands

- Charged with assault in the fourth degree in a 2013 domestic violence incident

Current team: Free Agent

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Rodney Austin

- Charged with assault against a female and a child under 12 in 2015

Current team: Free Agent

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Santonio Holmes

- Arrested in 2006 for domestic violence and assault. Charges were later dropped
- Allegedly threw a glass at a woman outside an Orlando club

Current team: Free Agent

(Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)

Tony McDaniel

- Charged with domestic battery against his girlfriend in 2010

Current team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

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Maurkice Pouncey

- With his twin brother, allegedly assaulted and harassed several people outside a Miami club

Current team: Pittsburgh Steelers

(Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Mike Pouncey

- With his twin brother, allegedly assaulted and harassed several people outside a Miami club

Current team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

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