ESPN absolutely hates internal conflict. Thanks to a "Greg Hardy Redemption Tour," that's exactly what it's getting.
NFL reporter Adam Schefter sat down with the free agent to discuss his domestic abuse issues, although Hardy never admitted to having any, and it painted a different side to Hardy that most wouldn't even recognize. Some came after the worldwide leader for making it seem as if Hardy as changed, and using Schefter as a hype man of sorts, going on The Dan Patrick Show to further prove his point. The photos of the abuse Hardy allegedly dished out have made the rounds many times before and now ESPN is trying to portray a completely different person.
Michelle Beadle, host of ESPN's SportsNation and perhaps one of its most outspoken personalities, took to Twitter to express her disbelief in the situation.
It didn't stop there. Beadle went on to say this on Tuesday's episode of SportsNation:
"I feel dirty in that this guy has no job right now, and for some reason we've decided as a network that we're going to give him the stage for his redemption tour as he basically goes out and tries to find some employment. I don't understand why we're doing that. If he wants to figure out a way to get his message out there — which by the way, he hasn't said he did anything wrong, so how is a man supposed to convince anybody he's changed and yet not admit to actually doing anything? I have no idea. But why we're giving him the forum to go out there and tell anybody that is where I'm a little bit confused."
This probably won't be the last we hear from Beadle on the subject, and it's even gaining the attention of other NFL players. Former teammate Steve Smith couldn't let Hardy's comments slide.
What ever image ESPN is trying to portray of Hardy, it will have to do better to fool many of its viewers and employees.