Case against Greg Hardy dismissed

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It took many months for Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy to face a jury trial on domestic violence charges stemming from an incident last May, but the jury turned out to be an unnecessary part of the process.

The trial was supposed to start on Monday morning, but everyone who turned out to cover the case is reporting that charges have been dismissed against Hardy. The reason for the decision from prosecutors appears to be the absence of Nicole Holder, who was Hardy’s ex-girlfriend and accuser, from the proceedings.

Holder was part of an earlier trial in front of a judge only that ended with Hardy found guilty, but Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that there are no transcripts from testimony in misdemeanor bench trials. Person also reports that the prosecution has “reliable info” about a settlement between Hardy and Holder that appears to have persuaded Holder not to cooperate with the attempt to convict Hardy, but Hardy had no comment before leaving the courthouse.

Hardy’s now on track to become a free agent on March 10 without the prospect of said conviction hanging over his head as he tries to land a deal to resume his career after a lost 2014 season. There’s still a chance of league discipline, but Hardy’s outlook for a full return in 2015 is looking a lot better than it was a few hours ago.

116 responses to “Case against Greg Hardy dismissed

  1. Next case, Hardy vs NFL/Goodell

    Someone owes Mr. Hardy an explanation…enough of this junk get Greg and Adrian Peterson re instated and file your resignation already Roger, absolute farce and joke of a leader. You should be ashamed, no man is bigger than the game and no suit is ever worth this embarrasment..

    Go Pats!

  2. This is why suspension with pay pending an investigation is the only acceptable reaction to arrests. Just because you are accused of a crime, it doesn’t mean you are guilty. You should not be punished for accusations regardless of your profession.

  3. I’ve told all of you haters — wait for the facts to come out before you hang the man. Money had nothing to do with this. This was about some coked out party girl that wanted some ‘severance pay’.

    I really hope the panthers resign him.

  4. This is what happens when you aren’t smart enough to deal with the right women. Alot of you fall victim to this. You don’t have a clue.

  5. “Person also reports that the prosecution has “reliable info” about a settlement between Hardy and Holder….”

    So if you pay someone off you’re not guilty. What are you going to do about this, Roger?

  6. If you read the transcript from the hearing the girl was Coked up and had no bruises… a man that size doing the things she claimed would have left physical evidence.

    She didn’t show up because she was full of poo.

  7. So… Hardy sat out a whole season for nothing? I am not saying he is innocent and a angel, but this lack of due process goes against every right given to any other citizen. This is a slippery slope and I hope they get it right, because a year of not playing in short or even long careers (10+) is a chunk.

  8. The NFL has done an amazing job with domestic violence. Clearly there isn’t much domestic violence because every case turns up innocent.

    Glad to know the only woman-beater in the NFL is Ray Rice.

    The only thing more credible than a womans words on a police report is video evidence.

  9. Here is what I would guess happened: Hardy tells ex that if she disappears, she gets paid (or no harm comes to her). He had a limited window to make big money and can’t waste time in court and out of the NFL. She agrees. End of story.

  10. This sounds very, very strange.

    1. No transcripts in misdemeanor bench trials? The State of North Carolina can’t afford a tape recorder to record these proceedings? Really? That’s as weak as Goodell not recording his interview with Ray Rice.

    2. Even if an alleged victim settles with the defendant and refuses to testify, the prosecutor has the power to subpoena that victim and force her to take the stand. Of course, it looks really bad in a jury’s eyes for an alleged victim to have to be compelled to testify. The point, however, is that there were things that the prosecutor could have done if he/she wanted to pursue this case. It looks like, at the very least, he/she acquiesced in this dismissal.

    3. Equal justice under the law still matters. The entire criminal-justice system takes a big hit every time it appears that someone with money got a different brand of justice than you or I would have gotten.

  11. The NFL – Ready, FIRE, Aim… just like the bogus inflate-gate. Only 1 ball was 2 psi underinflated, the ball the Colts had posession of for 20 minutes before handing it over to the NFL. Sounds like the investigation is looking at the Colts for some sleazy stuff too. Hilarious. Adam Schefter has reported that the NFL is looking at this…

  12. How can it be legal in criminal trial for a defendant to “settle” with a victim and the trial be done. I am Canadian and may be missing nuance, but that seems to be reasonable in the context of a civil action, but a criminal action is the state v. defendant.

    Wow.

  13. its laughable the people posting in his defense like this somehow vindicates him and clears his name. The girl didn’t show up to court because there was a settlement, not because she was lying. The reason there was a settlement and why he would be so eager to pay her is he was guilty. NO innocent man is going to pay someone off if they are innocent.

  14. Coffeeblack I think ur 100% right. If it looks like a duck its probably a duck. At first she testifies now she’s MIA. He’s like here’s 1.5mil go away. My lawyer will draft a settlement that keeps the details out of it and you say nothing. Bye bye. She’s like that’s cool. I’ll grieve privately sitting on a bed of 100’s. He’s happy, she’s happy, and the NFL is happy. Now I predicate this all by saying this. Once a wife beater almost always a wife beater. I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of him and domestic violence. We shall see.

  15. People will read this headline and immediately bash the NFL for suspending him. If they read the article they will understand what happened. Hardy was found guilty by a judge when his ex-gf testified. Hardy appealed to get a jury trial and was able to pay off his ex-gf not to testify against him. If you aren’t guilty, why do you need to pay off the key witness?

  16. So, wait, if the “justice” system says he did not do anything and has nothing to move forward on–doesn’t the NFL owe this man a huge apology? I mean, if he is exonerated? Hmmmm. Can’t have it both ways now.

  17. So…he paid her off to not show up. Sweet deal for her. Good deal for him as he’s hitting FA.

    Everyone wins! Not justice, but whatever.

  18. Cut him immediately. We don’t need guys like him in this league. Cut Joseph Randle as well immediately.

  19. I can’t believe all the Greg Hardy apologists. Must have only read the headline and not what ACTUALLY happened!

    He clearly paid he off to not show. He is also CLEARLY guilty.

    So goes our society.

  20. To everyone saying Hardy and the Panthers got screwed, do you understand what actually happened here? He paid off the victim to not testify. He’s still guilty as sin, he just used a large amount of money to make it all go away. A year suspension should be the minimum penalty from the league…

  21. This is the outcome that NFL’s new policy will make common place. It’s a win win for the league. They look good by not letting a person suspected of a crime play and the policy almost forces the player to pay off the alleged victim to make it go away as fast as possible and with any settlement usually come a confidentiality agreement which keeps all the upsetting details out of the media. That is until a reporter gets the heads up from one of their “sources”.

  22. He got a paid leave. So the NFL paid him off to save embarrassment, and he paid this jersey chaser to do the same. Win! Win! Roger! Now go get the Colts for setting up the Patriots!

  23. Geniusry says: Feb 9, 2015 10:29 AM

    This is why suspension with pay pending an investigation is the only acceptable reaction to arrests. Just because you are accused of a crime, it doesn’t mean you are guilty. You should not be punished for accusations regardless of your profession

    How do arrive at not guilty? He paid her off. Some low character team will have him but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a lowlife woman beater that had the money to get away with it… this time. Idiots like this eventually end up in civil court and broke.

  24. “He paid her off to avoid a trial! That doesn’t make him innocent.”

    It doesn’t make him guilty, either.

    He settled. Lawyers nearly always recommend settling and getting a known, acceptable outcome, as opposed to the vagaries of going to trial. It doesn’t mean they think there is guilt, just that there is no predicting what a judge or jury might decide and when the risk is truly severer, like imprisonment, it’s much smarter to not to take the chance.

  25. If the Browns sign him, Goodell will take away a draft pick & suspend him for the season. If the Steelers sign him Goodell will give him a back massage & allow Tomlin to impede another punt return without consequence.

  26. Please allow me to clear some things up for folks.

    1. The reason it wasn’t recorded is because he was charged with a misdemeanor. This charge was the equivalent of reckless driving in NC. Which is also why the prosecution isn’t compelling the witness.

    2. Greg paying to have the charges dropped will not keep him from getting suspended for 6 games. He settled with her out of court; that’s not the same as being found not guilty.

    3. Don’t blame the woman in this case. She didn’t call the cops, she told them she didn’t want to press charges, and in fact the officers are the ones who pressed charges. She has been quoted as not believing that any justice would come if she did press charges, so Greg paying her was as close as it was ever going to be. There are no transcripts but you can follow twitter feeds of reporters present and neither Hardy or the woman come out clean. What seemed to happen is two people got in a fight and in the state of North Carolina when two people fight and one is a female and struck (she was struck) that is a misdemeanor offense.

    I know it seemed like a good idea at the time, but paying her off and getting the charges dropped is the lesser of two evils (the other is being found guilty which in the NFL has the same consequences). I doubt Richardson will take him back, and he’ll need a 2 year deal now instead of one to prove his worth because he will be suspended 6 games to start the year.

    But he is not innocent; just wealthy. As a huge Panthers fan this is a bad day for American justice.

  27. The charges were dismissed b/c Hardy paid her off. Let’s not make him out to be a victim here. And the NFL did nothing wrong.

  28. If beating a woman mostly to death and then threatening her life in a recorded conversation isn’t enough to make you think that this guy shouldn’t be playing football, then I hope he signs to your team.

    If he does, I ask one thing of you:

    Ask your wife, girlfriend, or daughter to go get his autograph.

  29. Sad, but for all the negative press the NFL takes for domestic abuse it’s obvious our legal system doesn’t really care about the truth in cases like this.

  30. And Goodell botches another one. At least his perfect streak is still alive. Anyone in the NFL league office understand why the punishment should come after the conviction yet?!

  31. For all of you “innocent until proven guilty” commenters:

    He was found guilty. The evidence was presented and he was found guilty by a judge. For some reason in Carolina you can keep having trials until you get a verdict you like or you pay off the witnesses.

  32. Really people? He wasnt found not guilty. He bribed the lady he terrorized and beat up not to talk. Why? Because he had more money any of us could dream, and he gave s fraction of it to the girl who now has more money than she could ever dream of. It doesnt exonerate him. If he wanted to be exonerated he would have went to trial and clear his name. But he figured the trial probably wouldn’t have went well for him for some reason.

  33. and you wonder why people stay out of domestic violence issues. As bad as they are, why get all worked up and fight for the victim, when they either go back to the “abuser” or don’t cooperate with the authorities.

    Until women respect themselves more, there’s no use getting all worked up and emotional over domestic violence victims (didn’t Janay Rice teach us that). Hope she thinks about that new car the next time Hardy is choking her out.

  34. The reason it wasn’t recorded is because he was charged with a misdemeanor. This charge was the equivalent of reckless driving in NC.

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    In most states, all trials (even for motor-vehicle offenses) are recorded so that a transcript can be made should the need arise. If a proceeding takes place in a court of law, even a lower-level court of law, it should be recorded. The technology is available and not exactly expensive.

    End of sermon.

  35. For those of you complaining, due process and paying off the victim are two totally separate concepts. Sort of like the Vikings and the Superbowl, its possible but one has nothing to do with the other.

  36. “No innocent man would pay off a woman if he was not guilty”
    That is a load of horse manure. In today’s world, when a woman cries “rape” instantly the burden of proof falls on the man to prove (which he cannot) that it was consensual.

  37. Depressing times. As Hardy is a very good player a lot of teams will be throwing dollars at him despite him basically paying off his ex not to press charges.

    If Hardy was a backup with 2 career sacks no one would touch him with a bargepole. But sadly as hes a talented player he’ll get a decent deal somewhere. Wish all 32 owners would have principles and not sign him at all

  38. tavisteelersfan says:
    Feb 9, 2015 10:35 AM
    How can it be legal in criminal trial for a defendant to “settle” with a victim and the trial be done. I am Canadian and may be missing nuance, but that seems to be reasonable in the context of a civil action, but a criminal action is the state v. defendant.

    Wow.
    ~~~~~~~~~
    I agree. Another question is how much taxpayer money was wasted because this woman decided to be paid off? Did she use the justice system to extort more money from him? It could be something like he offered her 1 million early on to settle and she said no. As the trial gets closer the price rises. A couple days before trial he says “5 million?” and she says “deal” and then no-shows.

  39. In all honesty… I doubted the “victim’s” story from the get go. If you get thrown, or pushed, onto a bed full of firearms, you don’t walk away unscathed, period. Her story was nothing more than a litany of hot button issues, meant to make Hardy look as bad as possible. However, she didn’t show up, because she got paid not to. This isn’t a victory in the eyes of PR.

  40. So she got paid off. Still doesn’t change the fact that this guy’s an animal who beat the bejesus out of a woman half his size, and all you who say he got screwed, blah, blah, blah, just because he was on the team for whom you root, remember this when he does it again. Probably be murder charges next time.

  41. Settlement? Can one person explain to me how that wouldn’t be construed as “witness tampering?”

    Why not simply pay off every witness and avoid the court process.

  42. What do people expect the NFL to do? Let the guy play while the legal process plays out? What happens if he;s found guilty, that would be a massive black-eye on the league. Sorry, but one guy’s career is not big enough to make the NFL soften their stance.

  43. I owe an apology to the N.C. prosecutor handling this case. According to the Charlotte Observer, the prosecutor tried without success since last year to serve the alleged victim with a subpoena requiring her to appear at trial. Apparently, he went to a lot of effort to try to find her (e.g., stakeouts). Thus, it does not appear that the prosecutor simply caved in.

  44. Some of us have been saying this was a flimsy case and the only reason it went forward was because of NC’s strange indictment system, but that sure didn’t stop idiots from repeating he was a woman beater or worse over the last 6 months. Just a shame we’re in a day and age where most people have no decency to even learn simple facts before starting their character assassinations of people.

  45. Domestic violence cases often fall apart due to the non-cooperation of the victim. It’s not just a matter of people getting paid off, but often the wife or girlfriend (or ex-wife, ex-gf) are deathly afraid of their abuser, and very little is done to truly protect the victims.

    A friend of mine tried over and over to get her abuser locked up. The police would pick him up, but he’d be let go by a judge a day or two later because he played innocent. Luckily, in her case the guy finally went away. Many times that’s not the case.

    The fact that this went away does not mean that Hardy didn’t do anything. It just means his ex is smart enough to be afraid of him. Having said that, the NFL can’t arbitrarily punish him when no conviction is forthcoming.

    The NFL needs to figure these things out, because they’re not going to get very many convictions for domestic violence. So, then, what can they do to Hardy? The case is dismissed, so shouldn’t he be reinstated?

  46. Please. If Hardy was going to pay her off, he would have done it in September or earlier. He refused because he was innocent.

    Hardys lawyer paid to have transcripts taken of the bench “trial”, which, we repeat, is nothing like a guilty conviction. You can read there that the accuser A) ran away when the cops came the night of the incident B) was found to be lying C) was unreliable during contact attempts D) was late to court and uncooperative

    Knowing all that in September, its pretty unfortunate and unfair they suspended Hardy.

  47. bchap17 says: Feb 9, 2015 12:48 PM

    What does that say of the “victim” if all she was after was money? Makes her story less believable, no?

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    The “story” was always unbelievable.

  48. People, the charges were dropped because he paid her off. That’s a bit different from being declared NOT GUILTY by a jury of his peers.

    So he will not be suing NFL or Roger Goodell. He was paid for not playing. Chances are, he’s guilty as sin, but the woman got paid to disappear. Hopefully she didn’t like really disappear.

  49. I wonder how many people here thumping their chests that the NFL and PFT jumped the gun and convicted Hardy before he even went to trial are some of the same folks screaming that the Pats deflated footballs and cheated in the AFC Championship game before any evidence has been properly vetted and announced by the NFL???? Food for thought.

  50. He supposedly paid her off. I have absolutely no idea if her claim was legit, but her accepting money does cast doubt on the initial claim. This is extremely disenchanting. We live in a society where people are eager to allow mob justice to prevail.

    Look at everyone claiming the Pats were scum. When the dust settled, there was no evidence to make any claims with.

    Ray Rice situation. Everyone was howling for blood AFTER the video. It doesn’t take a genius to realize what happened in that elevator. She walked in, but was dragged out.

    I wish Hardy could sue the league, not because he is innocent(again, I am unsure if he is guilty too), but because the league has absolute zero continuity in their policy and procedures.

    I have made mistakes in my life and will continue to make them. I am only human. I do not want to live in a world where our first mistake is our last. If that is the society we devolve into, there won’t be any semblance of humanity but merely mindless bodies worried about doing anything “wrong”

  51. jonwill57 says: Feb 9, 2015 12:58 PM

    People, the charges were dropped because he paid her off. That’s a bit different from being declared NOT GUILTY by a jury of his peers.

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    From the report:
    Since November, efforts to contact Holder and serve her with a subpoena have been fruitless, Murray said, despite “extraordinary measures” that included police staking out the addresses where she was believed to be living and appeals to relatives to have her come forward.

  52. The only reason for her to come forward would have been to make sure he gets put away. Which, given this patriarchy, was by no means a sure thing, and would have required a lot of duress on her part. Including repercussions from the entire chauvinistic NFL world and possibly Hardy himself once his too-light sentence was up.

    Much safer for her to keep herself out of the limelight, even if he escapes punishment. Sad but true.

  53. The intelligence on this board is hilarious. He must be innocent because she won’t show up to court. That’s never happened in a domestic violence case. In a related story, Hardy and this woman settle a civil case (I wonder if part of the settlement of the civil case was she wouldn’t participate in the criminal case) and have a gag order on the settlement?

    I hate to break it to some here… just because a case in dropped does not make one innocent, it makes one not guilty. There is a difference, a big difference.

    If Hardy wants to sue the NFL, all that is going to come out. I imagine there will be no suit from Hardy. He’ll apply for re-reinstatement, he got paid the franchise tag number this year for sitting out. If he was suspended without pay, he might have a case.

    The Panthers are the ones who should be pissed. They paid him the franchise price tag this year for one game played.

  54. “Person also reports that the prosecution has “reliable info” about a settlement between Hardy and Holder….”

    So if you pay someone off you’re not guilty. What are you going to do about this, Roger?

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    If you accept money it sorta diminishes your being a VICTIM and makes you basically a Accessory. Offering a settlement is a sound Legal Strategy.accepting a settlement instead of putting your alleged abuser in Jail is Revelation of your Character.

  55. “Surprised they’re not going after him now for witness tampering if he paid her not to testify”

    In NC that’s only considered witness tampering if you are first found guilty of being poor.

  56. The only thing Hardy is guilty of is thinking with his lower brain instead of his upper brain. This girl is a known leech who gets down on the booger sugar and Hardy did not want to have a long drawn out trial where she had a chance to slander him further. If you got money to avoid a tough process… You think businesses pay off “slip and fall” victims because they are always guilty of leaving puddles on the floor? No, it is cheaper than a court hearing and potential of hurting a brand name.

  57. That coke head will get what’s coming to her. It’s a shame so many people paid a price for her greed. I frankly would’ve let this gone to trial if I was Greg, all the evidence was in his favor. But I understand just wanting to put it behind you as quickly as possible. He’s about to be rolling in dough so a few grand isn’t going to mean much to him.

    The NFL has got to get this sortened out. Hardy was punished because of what Ray Rice did, for no other reason than ole Roger trying to cover his hide.

  58. You came really tell who has actually followed this case from the comments versus the faux-white knight crusaders who are continuing to bash Hardy, even in the wake of the mounting evidence.

    She accepted a settlement because money is what she was after from the beginning. She accepted a settlement because her testimony would’ve never stood up to Greg Hardy’s and the fellow witness testimony in a court of law, which, by the way, hasn’t happened yet, as a judge trial in NC is merely a formality where no actual deliberation happens.

    Fact up and stop being white knight, ESPN fed, sheeple.

  59. “If beating a woman mostly to death and then threatening her life in a recorded conversation isn’t enough to make you think that this guy shouldn’t be playing football, then I hope he signs to your team.

    If he does, I ask one thing of you:

    Ask your wife, girlfriend, or daughter to go get his autograph.”

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    Lol why don’t you go ahead and source this stuff for us.

    I hope he plays for my team.

  60. NFL will not let him off hook. Where there is smoke there is an inferno with Hardy. There is no “beyond a reasonable doubt” outside the courtroom. He will get his 6 game, no pay suspension.

  61. Ya’ll make it sound so bad of Greg to pay her off. She had a weak case because of her drug use. Hardy’s lawyers would have grilled her on the stand. Just save everyone the headache, give her some money to go away and everyone wins. Big corporations do this all the time, in every country in the world.

  62. People upset at the league here are crazy. Did you not read the article? This guy paid her off…why would he do that? Maybe because he did beat the crap out of her, which was pretty clear from the beginning anyway. He should be suspended from society, not just the NFL. He deserves every bad thing that happens to him.

  63. brady2gronktd says: Feb 9, 2015 10:27 AM

    Next case, Hardy vs NFL/Goodell

    Someone owes Mr. Hardy an explanation…enough of this junk get Greg and Adrian Peterson re instated and file your resignation already Roger, absolute farce and joke of a leader.
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    No one owes Hardy anything at all. If he didn’t pay off this woman he’d be headed to jail on top of a long suspension from the NFL. It’s BS that he got 13 million to do nothing last year and he’s far from innocent. Hopefully his ex-girlfriend at least got most of that $13 mil.

  64. No matter how much evidence they have against them (the abuser) they cant do anything without the victim and witnesses, the case gets dropped domestic violence 101.

  65. I beat this drum to death early on……shame on the media and their drumbeats of guilty until proven innocence. As a Panthers fan, I say shame on the Panthers’ brain trust too for caving to the media barrage.

    This was SO predictable!

  66. Gee. I wonder what happened.

    So Hardy either paid off Holder, threatened her, or both. When you’re rich, you can very often get away with “murder”.

  67. There are two types on comments on this article:

    1. People who read the title and talk about how the NFL screwed him over.

    2. People who read the article, saw that Hardy paid her hush money, and bemoan the status of celebrity’s ability to get away with anything, including beating their girlfriend, as long as there are no cameras.

    Which one will you be?

  68. What ever happened to double jeopardy…a man can not be punished for the same charge twice…he was suspended for a majority of last season, and now they are trying to punish him again. #Not right

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