Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Jones: ESPN's really bad Greg Hardy interview

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) taunts the crowd to a chant of "Hardy sucks" while on the field during the 4th quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Sunday afternoon in Tampa (11/15/15). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) taunts the crowd to a chant of "Hardy sucks" while on the field during the 4th quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Sunday afternoon in Tampa (11/15/15). DIRK SHADD | Times

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.

Jones: ESPN's really bad Greg Hardy interview 04/08/16 [Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2016 6:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-Louisville


    1. One of the many hard-to-believe stats about FSU's underperforming defense: DE Brian Burns led all freshmen nationally with 9 ½ sacks last year; his first one this season came midway through the second quarter Saturday.

    TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs the ball into the endzone for a touchdown during their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images) 775042617
  2. Late fumble, field goal send Florida State to another loss


    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher didn't have an explanation for the turning point in Saturday's 31-28 last-second loss to Louisville.

    Louisville's Lamar Jackson gets past Florida State's Matthew Thomas to score in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Tallahassee Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC102
  3. Bucs-Bills: Tampa Bay's fatal habit of falling behind


    TAMPA — Okay, all you road scholars, why do the Bucs keep falling behind in games not played at Raymond James Stadium?

    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) recovers a fumble during the first half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.
  4. Nicked-up Lightning vs. Penguins tonight



  5. What we've learned from the Bucs' and Bills' playoff droughts


    Is it possible for the Buccaneers and Bills to be any farther off the NFL's radar? You get the feeling schedule-makers didn't think twice about putting this one down for 1 p.m. Sunday — the let's-hope-no-one-notices time slot.

    [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]