ESPN’s Adam Schefter Defends Interview with Greg Hardy, Says He Has “No Regrets” (Audio)

adam schefter defends interview with greg hardy

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has taken a lot of flak for his interview earlier this week with convicted domestic abuser Greg Hardy. It’s not so much the fact that Schefter actually did the interview that bothers people. Terrible people get interviewed by journalists all the time. What critics did not like about the Schefter-Hardy interview is that Schefter didn’t press Hardy enough on his patently absurd claim that he is an “innocent man.”

Hardy beat the hell out of his girlfriend. Strangled her. Threatened to kill her. He was convicted by a judge in a bench trial because the woman was believable, and there were photos. The only reason he got off on appeal is because the victim, quite understandably, didn’t want to testify any more. And perhaps because he paid her to go away.

Schefter could have grilled Hardy. Instead he was like, hey, what about those photos? Oh, they were doctored? It was a police conspiracy? Okay, cool cool cool. Then, when asked about his impression of Hardy later, Schefter said Hardy seemed like a changed man—even though he flat out denied what everyone knows happened.

On Wednesday, though, Schefter defended himself against his critics—most notably fellow ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle—in a telephone interview with Boston’s WEEI 93.7 FM.

Here’s what he had to say about whether or not the interview was just a PR opportunity for Greg Hardy:

“Well, again, I didn’t think about it like that. I thought about the fact that we’ve got a real serious issue in our society. This guy’s never addressed any of these issues that have come up. He’s never done it one-on-one and, yeah, I’m sure he came in with an agenda and so did I. That was the way I felt like I was going about this. This was a guy that made a lot of headlines, had been in a lot of controversies, had never sat down and explained his viewpoint one on one. He could have whatever agenda he wants — doesn’t matter to me. I’m going in there to get somebody who in my mind has been a controversial figure about a very serious subject to talk about it in a way that he’s never ever addressed it before.”

And here’s what he said when asked about his “changed man” comments:

“Well, look, we’ve all seen the persona of Greg Hardy on the sidelines and in games. That’s what I expected. OK. 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.”

No regrets about the interview or the questions? Adam Schefter should probably give up hard-hitting journalism and stick to peddling trade rumors.

If you’ve got ten minutes, here’s the entire segment. You can listen to it for yourself.

Hat Tip – [FTW]

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