Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy’s Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed, What’s Next?
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy’s case involving domestic violence allegations against a former girlfriend was dismissed today (Monday, February 9, 2015).
Hardy was accused of assaulting Nicole Holder by flinging her into a bathtub, throwing her onto a futon covered in guns and attempting to choke her. Greg Hardy denied the claims against him and said Holder was upset because he asked her to leave his home. Holder was reportedly under the influence of alcohol and admitted to cocaine use the night of the incident.
Hardy had been previously found guilty by a judge for assaulting his ex-girlfriend Holder, but his attorney appealed immediately to have a new trial in front of a jury in front of a jury in a Supreme Court.
Apparently, Hardy and his prosecution team was able to strike a settlement with Holder and filed a motion to dismiss the case. To further help Hardy’s cause, Holder did not show for the trial with the prosecution proclaiming the state could not locate Holder.
The presiding judge accepted the dismissal and all charges were dropped.
Hardy played in the Panthers season-opener, but was then moved to the exempt/commissioner’s list and held out of play for the remainder of the season. It was a costly move for the Panthers, who were denied their primary pass rusher but still had to pay Hardy his $13.116 million salary only getting one game of production out of the deal.
Greg Hardy is a free-agent this off-season, but he still remains on the exempt/commissioner’s list and awaits his likely league imposed punishment. The Panthers are not expected to bring Hardy back, but it should not be a hard time for him to find a suitor for his services.
“Hardy’s going to get more of the benefit of the doubt just because he’s a Pro Bowl-caliber player in his prime,” Corry said. “So that’s going to tip the scales for some owners that [think], I know you’ve got issues, but this guy can really play. If he couldn’t really play, he might be out of the league.”
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