In a sport filled with tone deaf quotes, this one may be the deafest. Greg Hardy’s coach is a gigantic moron for uttering these words.
Here’s the thing about Greg Hardy, he is one of the worst people to come into MMA in awhile. That in itself is shocking. The other problem is the UFC is giving him a huge push and paying him a ton of money.
The UFC wants Hardy to succeed and they want everyone to pay attention to him.
Enter Hardy’s boxing coach at ATT, Billy Padden. Padden has some horrible takes on Hardy’s history of domestic violence. Not only dumb as a box of rock takes, but faulty reasoning to go with it.
Our friends over at Bloody Elbow with the interview and context.
“In 2014, Hardy was convicted on domestic violence charges against his ex-girlfriend, but he appealed and the case was dropped when the victim did not show up in court to testify.
Previously, the victim had testified that Hardy threw her in the bathroom and put his hands on her throat and threatened to kill her. Hardy denied those accusations.
Padden, who was a probation officer for 10 years and a court investigator for 10 years in Philadelphia, said he believes Hardy had no malice during the alleged incident.
“I watch Greg Hardy hit grown men and make them limp as a noodle in seconds,” Padden said. “If he had any malice the night of this alleged incident, the woman would be dead.”
Padden said he is “used to giving people second chances” and that “everybody deserves a second chance.”
“The Greg Hardy I know is one of the best living guys I’ve met down here,” Padden said.
“Every time I’m walking him to the ring, I hear, ‘You woman beater,’ I hear nasty things said to him. I don’t think he deserves it.”