Greg Hardy's six-minute interview Sunday was unfortunate. We were told going in that Hardy would answer questions only about football. Expected that.
Hardy expressed no contrition. Didn't expect that.
Hardy, a Carolina Panthers' defensive end, was convicted July 15 of assaulting his girlfriend and communicating threats. He's appealing and the trial likely won't take place until after the 2014 season.
He spoke Sunday in Spartanburg before practice.
Six times Hardy declined to answer a question. Initially he was succinct. But the longer the interview went the longer his answers became. He talked about how he can improve as a player, how he'd like to remain a Panther, how hard Cam Newton works and how nobody can contain him.
Hardy also talked, in response to a question, talked about the attention he attracts and how he has caps and tobaggons coming out.
Hardy doesn't have to apologize to anybody. That's his call, not mine.
But I would like to have heard him say, "I wish I had done things differently," "I made some mistakes" or even tell women, "I'm sorry."
He never came close.