Free-agent defensive end Greg Hardy conducted an interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter that will air Tuesday. Hardy, who had his domestic abuse charges dismissed in 2015 when the victim, Nicole Holder, didn’t show up to testify, told Schefter that he has never laid a hand on any woman. When Schefter brought up the photos of Holder’s bruises, Hardy’s answer was incomprehensible.

The excerpt, provided by ESPN’s press release:

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Hardy: “I’ve never put my hand on ANY women … In my whole entire life, No Sir. That’s just not how we’re raised. As you can tell, like I said again, it’s the Bible belt. It’s just something that’s, I wouldn’t even say frowned upon, just something that’s nonexistent in most southern homes.”

Schefter: “You say you did nothing wrong, you’re innocent and yet the pictures of her that surfaced would seem to suggest a woman who had some type of physical contact. How do you explain that?”

Hardy: “I will stop you there and say that I didn’t say that I didn’t do anything wrong. That situation occurred and that situation was handled but … saying that I did nothing wrong is a stretch but saying I am innocent is correct. Yes sir.”

Schefter: “Did you ever put your hands on her?”

Hardy: “No Sir … No Sir.”

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