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Jones: ESPN's really bad Greg Hardy interview

Piece of dirt Greg Hardy is trying to find work again in the NFL. Hardy was found guilty of domestic violence in a bench trial, but charges were dismissed on appeal when his accuser stopped speaking to investigators. Still, photos seemed indicate that he roughed her up and speculation is that he paid her off to stop cooperating.

Anyway, in an effort to repair his lousy reputation after one season with the Cowboys, Hardy sat down with ESPN reporter Adam Schefter.

Somehow, Hardy and Schefter both came out looking bad. Hardy sounded delusional and not at all remorseful, while Schefter sounded like he was duped into being part of Hardy's PR agenda.

Hardy claims he has never laid a hand on a woman even though there was enough double-talk to confuse anyone. Apparently it confused Schefter, who simply didn't grill Hardy enough. Schefter made things worse when he went on Dan Patrick's radio show and said he believed Hardy was a "changed man.''

Schefter backed away from that assertion during an interview on a Boston radio station, but defended his interview with Hardy.

"Well, look, we've all seen the persona of Greg Hardy on the sidelines and in games,'' Schefter said. "That's what I expected. I should have been more precise in how I described it. That was a mistake on my part. I regret not making that more clear. But I've got no regrets about the interview or the questions we asked. We went at him. And, again, to me, that was the situation as it went down. I should've been more clear, and I wasn't."

What was surprising — and, perhaps, revealing — is that Schefter is widely respected by fellow media members and yet many criticized his effort here. ESPN's Michelle Beadle blasted her own network for even giving Hardy a platform, saying on her show, SportsNation, "I feel dirty in that this guy has no job right now, and for some reason we've decided as a network that we're going to give him the stage for his redemption tour as he basically goes out and tries to find some employment. I don't understand why we're doing that.''

Oh, by the way, Hardy did confirm in the interview that the Bucs were very interested in signing him last year before he signed with the Cowboys. If that's true, shame on the Bucs.

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