In his first public comments since he was convicted two weeks ago of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy repeatedly declined to comment about the domestic violence case but said he regrets being a distraction to the team.

Hardy would not say whether he's apologized to his teammates, calling it a team matter he wants to keep internal.

"I hate that I have distracted my team, but other than that I can't really answer any questions," Hardy said Sunday at the Panthers' training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Before the Pro Bowler addressed the media, a Panthers spokesman said Hardy would not discuss anything related to the case.

Six times when asked questions related to his arrest and subsequent guilty verdict, Hardy said he "can't answer that question."

Hardy offered no apologies during the six-minute meeting with reporters, which was arranged by the Panthers' public relations staff.

A Mecklenburg County district judge this month found Hardy guilty on the two misdemeanor charges, stemming from the early morning altercation with Nicole Holder at Hardy's uptown condo on May 13.

He appealed the decision and has a jury trial pending, which likely would not start until after the season.

The Panthers have indicated they plan to allow the league to handle Hardy's potential discipline, which general manager Dave Gettleman believes would happen after the legal process is complete.


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    The Associated Press contributed to this report.