Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy took to Twitter on Wednesday to declare his innocence amid ongoing controversy regarding his domestic violence charges from 2014.
“Innocent until proven guilty-lack of knowledge & information is just ignorance-the unjust/prejudicial treatment of diff categories of people is discrimination,” Hardy’s Twitter bio temporarily read.
Hardy, 27, also changed his Twitter name to “Perfection,” but soon after took down the changes to his profile when he was told by team officials to remove them.
Hardy was found guilty in July 2014 of assaulting and threatening then-girlfriend Nicole Holder. Last week, Deadspin published photos showing injuries he inflicted upon her in a May 2014 incident.
In the wake of the photos’ release, Hardy sent two tweets on Saturday regarding the incident.
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— Greg “The Prince of War” Hardy (@GregHardyJr) November 8, 2015
He had previously declined to speak to the media about the photos on Friday.
Hardy was originally sentenced to 18 months probation and a 60-day suspended jail sentence. His punishment was later vacated after he appealed the guilty verdict, and charges against him were subsequently dropped when Holder failed to appear at the jury trial.
Hardy claimed in court that Holder’s wounds were self-inflicted. Hardy and Holder are believed to have reached a civil settlement outside of court. His original 10-game suspension was reduced to four in July after an NFLPA appeal, and he returned to the field on Oct. 11.
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