Bristol, Conn – A two-part interview with Greg Hardy on ESPN did not go particularly well for the embattled defensive end, as the young athlete blatantly winked at the camera numerous times during his discussion with ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Hardy, who was suspended the first four games of last season due to allegedly beating his girlfriend Nicole Holden last year, perhaps agreed to the interview as a way to rehab his public image.
The unsigned athlete, however, did not perform as expected during the interview.
“I will stop you there and say that I didn’t say that I didn’t do anything wrong. I never put my hand on any women. In my entire life, no sir,” Hardy said, before breaking out into a big smile and giving the live on-air camera several exaggerated winks.
The stammering Schefter continued to lob softball questions at Hardy, who refused to take responsibility for his actions or offer any sort of apology to the woman he humiliated and beat on several occasions during their relationship.
During several of his answers, the camera picked up Hardy crossing his fingers when he said he would never place himself in a situation like this ever again.
The only time Hardy stopped winking, crossing his fingers, or whistling a happy tune during the interview was when he mentioned how photographs could be manipulated.
“Pictures are pictures and they can be made to look like whatever they want to,” a serious Hardy said.
He then reached out and flimsily covered Schefter’s microphone with his hand, but apparently forgot that several other microphones were recording their conversation.
“And if you fucking put that on air, I swear to God I’ll hit you so hard your future children will feel it. I will end you,” he snarled, before settling back into his chair.
At press time, Jerry Jones announced the Cowboys had re-signed Hardy for 5 years, $50 million guaranteed.