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.
So Greg Hardy actually wants us to believe him that he's never hit a woman? Bruh. Really?— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin)1459820884.0
Former Cowboys DE Greg Hardy makes little sense when he talks. Desperate men rarely do. https://t.co/2tlNqvlE2l via @sportsdaydfw— David Moore (@David Moore)1459821798.0
I am very confused by Greg Hardy's straight face in that interview with @AdamSchefter. https://t.co/pSgw8QXAVA— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel Nichols)1459801378.0
Greg Hardy is a terrifying human being. What a bunch of B.S. https://t.co/fgEWEjlEjY— Mut at Night (@Mut at Night)1459809332.0
Greg Hardy should heed the advice Champ received in Anchor Man: ¨Take it easy Champ. Why don´t you stop talking for a while.¨— Bill Lekas (@Bill Lekas)1459863566.0
"Saying I did nothing wrong is a stretch, but saying I'm innocent is correct" -Human Piece Of Shit Greg Hardy @NFL— Sancho Via (@Sancho Via)1459862747.0
Greg Hardy really said domestic violence is non-existent in the Bible Belt region? Come on man......can somebody deport this dude somewhere?— Kenny the Pooh (@Kenny the Pooh)1459861869.0
Why is Greg Hardy still on TV, he's scum and now he's a liar. I'm sure she really tripped on the carpet in the shape of a hand.— Bobby Blake (@Bobby Blake)1459860996.0
Greg Hardy is a giant piece of crap. He didn't deserve to wear an Ole Miss uniform or any. Proves good things can happen to awful people.— Kelly English (@Kelly English)1459860835.0
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."