YardBarker- “Do you believe him?” Patrick asked.
Schefter pauses and then responds “It doesn’t matter what I believe, Dan. Right?”
Patrick responds “Well, it does. Having a conversation with you after the fact, you’re still objective with this.”
“I’ll say this, I’ll say this to you,” Schefter said. “I went in there with the idea that everybody had, that this guy’s a monster, okay? I went in there thinking that this is one of the scariest people in the NFL. And I came out of there with a very different feeling about him. I came out of there with a feeling that this is a guy who has managed to say the wrong things at the wrong times, has not always made the right decisions. But I found him to be a changed kind of guy, a guy that I think realizes he did make a mistake, could have handled things differently in regards to that incident. It’s such a tough thing. I’d like to talk to more people before I made a judgement. All I can go by is what he said. I’ll say this; he wasn’t wavering, he was adamant, ‘I never touched this woman.'”
I'm not going to lie to you, I feel pretty ashamed. I just can't believe I let myself jump to such hasty conclusions. I know Greg Hardy was with the girl the night she allegedly got banged up, but anyone can manipulate a picture these days. Sure, he made references to guns and further objectified women following his suspension for domestic abuse, but those were just tongue in cheek statements. Maybe he had bouts of uncontrollable rage with his Cowboys teammates last season and went missing every now and again, but that's not something that's unforeseen in the NFL. He probably didn't handle this interview well by giving conflicting answers that made absolutely no sense and by failing to keep a straight face while professing his innocence, but that could have just been shoddy editing work. Yeah, he never actually apologized for his actions, but did you ever think that maybe he didn't apologize because he's technically not guilty of anything? All I know is that I originally rushed to judgement, and now I am slowly taking a step back.
Why, you ask? Because Adam Schefter sat in a room with Greg Hardy, and he thinks he's a "changed kind of guy". How could that not be enough for you to question your current opinion of the man? Adam Schefter is an NFL insider, and Greg Hardy is trying to get back inside the NFL. That basically makes him an expert at reading the mind of a player after he's exhausted all options and is desperately trying to talk his way back into a job he has so often jeopardized. I mean, how can you not believe someone that seems so sincere? He looked him right in the eye and told him that he has never placed his hands on a woman. Other than doing so without blatantly smirking, what more can you ask of him?
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