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Controversial Ex-Cowboys DE Greg Hardy Incurs Wrath of Internet With Eight-Word Statement on Recent Domestic Violence Case

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"That situation was handled..."

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) looks on from the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Seattle won 13-12. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

It only took eight simple words for former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy to feel the full wrath of the Internet.

During an interview with ESPN, which will air in its entirety on Tuesday, Hardy addressed the domestic abuse allegations against him and made the bold claim: "I've never put my hand on any woman."

Hardy added that he was raised in the "Bible belt" where abusing women is "just something that's nonexistent in most southern homes."

Predictably, social media users and football fans had some strong reactions to Hardy's assertion.

Hardy's former teammate Sam Smith, Sr., now a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, also weighed in.

During the interview, ESPN's Adam Schefter questioned Hardy, a free agent, about the photos that surfaced of a badly bruised Nicole Holder, the woman who accused him of assault. Hardy then argued that there is a difference between saying that he is innocent and that he did nothing wrong. 

"I will stop you there and say that I didn't say that I didn't do anything wrong," Hardy said. "That situation occurred, and that situation was handled but...saying that I did nothing wrong is a stretch but saying I'm innocent is correct."

(H/T: SportsDay)

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