Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy expressed regret for his domestic violence incident for the first time Saturday night.
The incident in 2014 led to Hardy initially being suspended by the NFL for 10 games before it was reduced to four games.
Hardy took to Twitter and showed some form of contrition and regret _ something he has declined to do on multiple occasions in the past.
Hardy sent out two tweets Saturday night: “Just had to say I express my regret 4 what happened in past and I’m Dedicated to being the best person & teammate that I can be. But mostly I am Grateful 4 the opportunity to play in NFL #GodBlessHookyStreet.”
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The tweets and expressions of regret came one day after Deadspin released a series photos on Friday, detailing the injuries Hardy’s then-girl friend Nicole Holder suffered in the May 2014 incident.
The photos showed multiple bruises all over her body.
The incident happened when Hardy was a member of the Carolina Panthers.
He was arrested and charged with attacking and threatening Holder.
Hardy was found guilty by a North Carolina judge last summer, but he appealed and sought a jury trial. Prosecutors dropped charges when Holder stopped cooperating because she was allegedly paid off.
The charges were officially expunged by a judge in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Thursday. So the incident is not listed on Hardy’s record.
The Deadspin pictures came out Friday.
Hardy declined to comment when asked about the photos on Friday.
When Hardy returned from a four-game suspension to start the season to play against the New England Patriots on Oct. 11, he expressed regret about not being with his teammates, but not about the incident itself.
Hardy sat out all but one game last season while on the commissioner’s exempt list.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t be here for my teammates. The worst feeling in the world is not being there for somebody you care about or somebody that needs you,” Hardy said at the time. “In the last few seasons, man, honestly, it’s been a blur just getting ready to come back. And now that I’m back, I don’t reminisce. I don’t look back, other than to know that I need to get forward, I need to get progress. That’s what we need, a full team, and everybody pulling their load. And that’s what I’m going to do when I come back.”