NFL suspends Greg Hardy 10 games

AP

When the Cowboys signed Greg Hardy last month, they didn’t know what, if anything, the league would do to him under the Personal Conduct Policy.  The Cowboys now know.

Hardy has been suspended 10 games by the NFL for actions committed against Nicole Holder in 2014.

“In a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell, Hardy was informed that an extensive two-month NFL investigation following the dismissal of his case in North Carolina state court determined that there was sufficient credible evidence that Hardy engaged in conduct that violated NFL policies in multiple respects and with aggravating circumstances,” the NFL said in a press release.

“The NFL’s investigation concluded that Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances,” the release explains.  “First, he used physical force against her which caused her to land in a bathtub.  Second, he used physical force against her which caused her to land on a futon that was covered with at least four semi-automatic rifles.  Third, he used physical force against her by placing his hands around Ms. Holder’s neck and applying enough pressure to leave visible marks.   And fourth, he used physical force to shove Ms. Holder against a wall in his apartment’s entry hallway.”

“The net effect of these acts was that Ms. Holder was severely traumatized and sustained a range of injuries, including bruises and scratches on her neck, shoulders, upper chest, back, arms and feet,” Commissioner Goodell wrote in the letter communicating Hardy’s suspensions.  “The use of physical force under the circumstances present here, against a woman substantially smaller than you and in the presence of powerful, military-style assault weapons, constitutes a significant act of violence in violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.”

The NFL also found that Hardy failed to provide “complete and accurate information” to the league in conjunction with the investigation.  The investigation included photographs of injuries to Nicole Holder.

The suspension will begin on September 5, after the offseason program, training camp, and the preseason.  He’ll be eligible to return after the 10th game of the season.  If he serves all 10 games, Hardy’s first appearance with the Cowboys will happen on Thanksgiving, against the Panthers.

150 responses to “NFL suspends Greg Hardy 10 games

  1. Was she traumatized after she got her check, or when she had to actually testify in court of what happened? Remember, the DA didn’t go forward with her because her testimony was inconsistent.

    I totally expect an appeal.

  2. He had to know something like this was coming. After the Ray Rice debacle, the NFL is going to swing the pendulum completely the other direction. It’s a bad time to get yourself in a situation involving domestic violence.

  3. What is a “military-style assault weapon”? Isn’t that just a label for a big, scary, black gun that scares people like Diane Feinstein and Nanny Pelosi. The correct term is semiautomatic rifle.

  4. ouch…….this hurts Dallas.

    But not as much as Hardy hurt Ms. Holder.

    In the end you get your just deserves.

    Your sin will find you out.

    Keep your hands off a woman. Never hit one smaller of defenseless.

    End of this sad story

  5. Well maybe the league did learn from the Ray Rice thing after all. But how are the rifles relevant, Hardy didn’t run afoul of the law by having them. Just a bad look I suppose

  6. He will obviously appeal and try to get it shortened by a few….Likely will, if passed appeals are any indication…..Good thing the deal by the Cowboys didn’t front end/guarantee anything or they would be hurting on the Cap front and not just from a competitive front.

    Glad it finally is settled……(almost) I am hopeful he comes out and accepts responsibility, accepts the penalty, apologizes and lets all move on……

  7. From AZ, I just heard Eli say, “Wheeeew”!

    Giants are finished with Dallas by week 10

  8. against a woman “who is substantially smaller than you”

    99.9% of HUMANS are substantially smaller than greg hardy, so the gender should be irrelevant

    here we go again, roger just shooting from the hip and hoping things stick

    its not the NFL’s job to play judge, jury, and executioner- and with all the media attention you would think domestic violence was a huge problem in the US when in fact DV related crimes have been in a steady decline over the past 20 years

  9. So he misses 25 games for an incident in which all charges were dropped.

    With the way Goodell handled this (and AD), there’s no incentive for players to do anything but fight the NFL when it comes to discipline.

  10. Probably deserves worse, like jail time, if he did those things. But I guess money sounded better than justice to the woman. And it sounds like she wasn’t just an innocent victim, either.

    Anything on Deflategate yet?

  11. This will get thrown out by the courts too… The courts already ruled for AP that the NFL can’t implement a new policy and then retroactively levy it against players due to the CBA.

  12. Conservative NRA response: “But but but dem courts found him “innocent” (never mind he was already convicted and merely paid her off to make the appeal trial go away). He has a GOD GIVEN right to own as many guns as he wants!”

  13. Let’s thank the NFL for thinking they’re big enough to replace our Justice System and inflict punishment based on hearsay and some facts..

  14. Easy appeal. Can’t enforce a policy that wasn’t in place when the crime happened. NFL is 0-2 in these cases.

  15. So Roethlisberger can force himself sexually upon someone for 6 games, reduced to 4…but Hardy cannot defend his home and belonging from a crazed female without being suspended for 10 games? Smells fishy.

  16. Way to take a stand against domestic violence, Dallas.

    I’m sure all of the Texas faithful will be defending him and can’t wait to cheer for their hero to get on the field and represent their team proudly!

  17. Soooooo he throws this woman what sounds like a horrible beating. Gets paid his full salary last year and is allowed to sign with a new team this year. After lying to the league about what happened.

    Ray Rice does something terrible but is honest about it when the league interviews him and he is kicked out of the league.

  18. Don’t care for the Cowboys. That said, I’m sure it’s a coincidence the schedule was released yesterday, the suspension is announced today and his first game back would be against the Panthers on Turkey Day.

    #JustWinBaby #NFLJustCaresAboutRatings

  19. NFL is completely corrupt. I have no reason to believe he shouldn’t be suspended or even banned for life, but the fact that the NFL conveniently scheduled his former team on thanksgiving as his 1st opponent is just ridiculous.

  20. No, it’s not a 25-game suspension. He didn’t play last year but still got paid. The 10-game suspension is without pay.

  21. Which makes his contract with the Cowboys a work of genius. You think Jerry didn’t have an idea of what was coming?

  22. The judges guilty verdict is more like a grand jury finding probable cause for a trial than an actual trial. In NC., for a misdemeanor charge, you have to first have a bench trial by judge to test if there’s enough evidence for an actual trial by jury. Last I checked. Everyone, including NFL players, have a right to a trail by jury before being CONVICTED of a crime. In reality, that’s all Hardy’s guilty verdict means is in the opinion of the judge there’s enough evidence to have an actual trial by jury. For all the people condemning Greg Hardy there really is no evidence that he did anything other than break-up with her and ask her to get out of his apartment. This so called poor little innocent drug using victim thought an all expenses paid shopping trip was more important than having him convicted and punished by actual jury trial. Think about that for a minute.

    In my opinion, those pictures and that evidence should should not and can not be used against Hardy by the NFL. For an alleged first time personal conduct violator he’s already missed an entire season, most teams won’t sign him, earned opportunity for a contract close to 100 million with 40 to 50 million guaranteed and some of you all now want him BANNED for life? I thought GODell was the worst. lol I have no idea what those photos show but I’m sure if she has a scratch or bruise on her even if she was falling down drunk, Hardy will get penalized for it. The NFL has become judge, jury, and executioner.

  23. Goodell: did he pass his drug test?
    Nfl worker: no, failed THC
    Goodell: out of the league!
    NFL worker: sorry, my fault, wrong file. He passed his test but beat a woman.
    Goodell: hmmm ok 10 games.

  24. dalfanforever says:
    Apr 22, 2015 4:24 PM

    Was she traumatized after she got her check, or when she had to actually testify in court of what happened? Remember, the DA didn’t go forward with her because her testimony was inconsistent.

    ====================================
    Wrong. He was convicted in the bench trial. That would mean they had enough to go forward. The case was dismissed on appeal after he paid off the victim to not cooperate. He would not have paid her off if he was convinced he would be declared innocent.

  25. Convenient for ratings how his first game back is nationally televised and against his old team…

  26. Ironic he comes back just in time to play his old team!! What exactly happened to that brand spanking new policy they implemented after the Ray Rice incident? You know, 6 games for the first time and indefinite there after, or something to that effect. Appears as Roger is just winging it as he has always done. Playing in this league must be like living with a full blown narcissist, ever changing rules!!!!

  27. Not saying Hardy isn’t deserving of 10 games, but can’t seem to forget that Ray Rice initially got 2 games and his domestic incident was caught on video.

  28. Don’t look at me. There are lots of other “commenters” on here. Don’t believe that just because we comment we are all commenters. Or that just because my name is “commenter” I am prone to commenting. I said stop looking at me.

  29. This would have been nice to know before free agency started and any team chose to sign this guy. But shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

  30. I suspect his lack of truthfulness and paying off his accuser to not testify is the reason the NFL wasn’t going to play with him. Good job Goodell. You finally got one right.

  31. voiceofreason01 says:
    Apr 22, 2015 4:26 PM

    Wow, if hardy got 10 games how many will tom crybrady get for deflategate?

    Zero. Brady did nothing wrong.

  32. A 25-game suspension for charges that were ultimately dismissed because the D.A. had serious enough doubts about the legitimacy and veracity of the accuser’s claims that he refused to vouch for them before the court? Wow. Just wow.

    Roger Goodell is a disgrace to the NFL…

  33. I think it is funny that people are laughing because he got 10 games. Dallas doesn’t get a big cap hit at all. Then they get him back in the stretch to help bolster the D-Line? Still don’t understand the laughing…

  34. He should be suspended a year. This is like pro wrestling. Hardy comes back just in time to face his old team. It is also interesting the Cowboys play the NYG twice before Hardy is reinstated.

  35. OMG…I actually clicked Like for LogicalInsaneVoices post
    They’re coming to take me away haha

  36. If Dallas gets ten weeks worth of salary cap relief… then do they now trade for Peterson if Todd Gurley is gone before they pick in round 1?

  37. Is it retroactive to last season? How does the NFL Front Office describe/explain/defend having him sit out nearly a full season in 2014?

    I’m no fan and I think the woman’s father should get to beat him (while he is restrained) with a Manhattan phonebook for a couple hours. However, this exempt list then suspension is absolute crap.

  38. So there was not enough evidence to convict him in a court of law but there was more than enough evidence to convict him in a court of feminist lawyers. She wasn’t injured physically as would be the case if her story were actually true so let’s just say that she severely traumatized. This bunch of clowns actually believed everything Nicole Holder said and absolutely nothing that Greg Hardy said. Gold diggers and Crackheads everywhere will be dancing in the streets tonight. This should be a national holiday,what a joke. We believe “she severely traumatized”.

  39. Pretty sickening to read Cowboys fans finding a way to support this piece of trash. Football is a game. He beats up and terrorizes women. Sadly most of them empathizing with this scum because they are a fan of the Cowboys have mothers, daughters and sisters. Where’s your morality or dignity? For a game , you toss it out the window? Karma will find you. It always, always does.

  40. Hahahahahahaha. Well deserved. He’s lucky he’s not in jail. This guys actions were MUCH worse than Ray Rice, but no video so nobody cares for the most part.

  41. “After reading this article, the punishment should have been one full season and playoffs”

    The part where they make the playoffs made me chuckle.

  42. Not sure why people are bashing Jerry about this. I am sure he was fully aware that this was expected. Maybe not 10 games but probably 8 and possibly more. The contract that Hardy signed is written for this so the Cowboys won’t be held to pay him like he was there all season.

  43. voiceofreason01 says:
    Apr 22, 2015 4:26 PM
    “Wow, if hardy got 10 games how many will tom crybrady get for deflategate?”

    I mean, even though it’s likely no one tampered with the footballs (weather explains minimal deflation) and most of the balls were “just a few ticks below regulation”, are you seriously comparing violence against women with potentially taking a pound of air pressure out of a football (what amounts to a few ounces in weight)? You need to take a look in the mirror and ask yourself how your hatred of Tom Brady and the Patriots’ success has made you lose all sense of relative morality.

  44. Most of the law enforcement and lawyers workin on the case believed it was a money grab to begin with.

    Dude already had a year of his career flushed down the toilet. Give him 2 games to prove a point an move on from it imo, youre always gonna have SJW saying he deserves more but hes “done his time” the NFL still trying to make up for messing up the Rice situation.

  45. Interesting post DeathtoRomo. For a guy who is against violence, your moniker is the opposite.
    Putting that aside, this works for Dallas. Don’t have to pay him for 10 games, few teams will be interested the following year, and Dallas can sign him for a long term deal at an affordable price.

  46. So the Cowboys signed him for all that money for only six guaranteed games. Jerry Jones everybody.
    ====

    He doesn’t get paid if he doesn’t play, Einstein. That’s how his contract was constructed.

  47. If Hardy has any intelligence he should quietly accept this 10 game suspension and salvage his career. If he makes noise with attorneys/appeals… public opinion will squash him like a bug! Game over!

  48. He got off easy based off the details in the report above!!!! Like someone else said it shouldve been a year suspension!!!
    ————————————————————-
    What report above?…that was her testimony at the bench trial. There was no evidence that any of it was true. Greg Hardy testified that she was the aggressor and The NFL and their feminist lawyers decided that they would believe Nicole Holder’s version, based on the current climate. There is zero evidence that Hardy did anything to her, that’s why the NFL came up with the “severely traumatized” language. If he had actually thrown her around there would be bruising all over her body. Since there wasn’t any the NFL came up with psychological damage, straight from the feminist handbook.

  49. Just to clarify. He is suspended and doesn’t get paid while on suspension (base salary) however his contract was written with bonuses for games played, etc. It was structured so that the Cowboys would be safe if he was suspended a certain amount of time.

  50. The NFL has no other option but to lay out a huge punishment initially. Then the court system gets involved and tells the NFL “you can’t do that”.

    NFL then says we have to follow the courts ruling. They attempt to do what the majority of the public has been SCREAMING for and severely punish Hardy.

    The true issue at hand is that the everyone feels like they are doing something about Domestic Violence if they bash Hardy, Rice, & etc.

    I shouldn’t have used Rice and Hardy in the same sentence. Rice’s case was obviously an extreme case….in my opinion. The now Mrs. Rice, must have had a serious black eye for weeks after that event.

    Where is the public outcry and bashing of our court system and laws. “We the People” are the ones with power to change the very laws that are preventing just punishment. WAKE UP!!!!!

    If the public put half of the money and effort into actually changing laws we should have been way past this by now

  51. Hit a woman and the world has a crusade against you, hit another man and nobody cares unless he’s famous. This society has problems.

  52. I would think that if there was evidence and it was very obvious that he was guilty of domestic violence then the woman wouldn’t be needed to testify at all. The state would have went after him and showed whatever evidence there was. I don’t think a woman needs to testify in a domestic violence case unless its her word vs his and there is sufficient evidence for the state to pursue it without the victim.

  53. What’s amazing is the number of comments that congratulate Jerrah for the terms of the contract. Wow! Sounds like assaulting a woman four times makes him hero material for the Allas Cowgirl fans. Pitiful and incomprehensible!

  54. In other words, Lord God Godell believes every single word of the accuser’s testimony. This despite the fact that not one shred of evidence was presented in court, that it is physically impossible for her to have taken these hits without ending up with multiple broken bones and time in the hospital, and the fact that she didn’t bother to come to court to testify.

    So here’s the reality: You no longer have to commit a crime to be punished. You only need have someone say you committed a crime, no matter how impossible the accusation may be to prove.

    Only in the People’s Republic of North America.

  55. People defending Greg hardy, or feeling like he got screwed somehow, just remember these FACTS:

    1. He was CONVICTED by a judge in a court of law.

    2. His APPEAL resulted in a dismissal because the woman did not testify BECAUSE HE PAID HER OFF.

    3. He got off scot-free in the end, but what he did violates Rule #1–You DO NOT hit women.

    4. He was not suspended last year, he was on the Commissioner’s list, and was paid his entire 13.5 Million contract for the season.

    5. Hardy will make roughly 5 Million more this year for the 6 games he plays, if he actually plays

    So he got a year off, made 18.5 Million in that time, and you want to say he somehow got a raw deal. The stupidity of that logic is amazing. By all that is right, he should be in jail for years. What he did is indefensible, no matter what he does for a living.

  56. Cowboys fans who are trying to support their team in any respect on this ought to be ashamed.

    This is simply & utterly classless.

    You don’t even have to have high moral standards to simply voice your displeasure to your favorite organization about this.

    But Roger, if you actually pay attention to fans, put two and two together and realize that if you want scum out of the NFL you got to also get the scum that enables these morons out of the NFL as well.

    Until then – and like everything else – you’re all talk.

  57. The Good: He’ll be there for the stretch run and the playoffs if Dallas qualifies. Appeal might shorten the length.

    The Bad: He will be sorely missed against the toughest part of the schedule (weeks 4-9).

    The Ugly: The NFL has the audacity to schedule his 1st game back against his former team the Panthers.

  58. He deserves the punishment but I don’t get “the presence of powerful, military-style assault weapons” part. You can throw a woman onto a futon with less powerful, non-military-style guns and get a lesser sentence?

  59. So many convoluted terms.

    It is a privalage to play in the NFL, not a right.

    He was not convicted of breaking a law, due to circumstances. He may or may not be guilty. But he did pay someone not to testify against him.

    The NFL says he is accused of breaking their employment POLICY, which the players agreed too.
    It does not matter what the laws state, he is not suspended because of a law. He broke an employee policy.

    He will get it reduced because the NFL does not care if he wins. They just care if they look good in doing so.

  60. KIR says:
    Apr 22, 2015 4:35 PM
    The judges guilty verdict is more like a grand jury finding probable cause for a trial than an actual trial. In NC., for a misdemeanor charge, you have to first have a bench trial by judge to test if there’s enough evidence for an actual trial by jury.
    =====

    Are you just making this up as you go along? I’ve seen you make take this position before on the Hardy case. You were wrong then, and you’re wrong now.

    Defendants in NC have a CHOICE between a jury trial and a trial with a judge presiding. Both are binding trials ruling on fact, and both verdicts are valid. The defendant has the OPTION, if they don’t get the verdict they want from whichever trial they choose, to file an appeal and have another trial.

    Hardy CHOSE to have a trial with a presiding judge. The judge passed down a verdict of guilty. It is NOTHING like a “Grand Jury finding probable cause”. Nothing at all. He stood convicted at trial of domestic abuse.

    His appeal, which in NC constitutes a second trial, was won when the victim failed to testify because she got paid off.

    Stop defending men who beat women. It’s a bad look.

  61. So Hardy sat last year and is now missing 10 games. isnt that more missed time than a couple other players who actually killed somebody drunk driving?

  62. To you Dallas haters, we could care less what you losers think of America’s Team. Also we did not need Hardy last year when won the Div easily (including sweeping the Giants). So hate on as we continue to be the most valuable franchise in the NFL.

  63. I didn’t know how long Hardy’s suspension would be but I was willing to bet that the commish wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to drive up the TV ratings on Thanksgiving with the Panthers game.

    When the schedule rolled out last night, it was clear it would be no more than 10 games.

  64. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Apr 22, 2015 6:39 PM

    Are you just making this up as you go along? I’ve seen you make take this position before on the Hardy case. You were wrong then, and you’re wrong now.

    Defendants in NC have a CHOICE between a jury trial and a trial with a judge presiding. Both are binding trials ruling on fact, and both verdicts are valid. The defendant has the OPTION, if they don’t get the verdict they want from whichever trial they choose, to file an appeal and have another trial.

    Hardy CHOSE to have a trial with a presiding judge. The judge passed down a verdict of guilty. It is NOTHING like a “Grand Jury finding probable cause”. Nothing at all. He stood convicted at trial of domestic abuse.

    His appeal, which in NC constitutes a second trial, was won when the victim failed to testify because she got paid off.

    Stop defending men who beat women. It’s a bad look.

    0 1
    —————————

    Incorrect. The North Carolina State Constitution says:

    Article I, Section 24 of the North Carolina Constitution is captioned “Right of jury trial in criminal
    cases.” It reads:

    No person shall be convicted of any crime but by the unanimous verdict of a jury
    in open court. The General Assembly may, however, provide for other means of
    trial for misdemeanors, with the right of appeal for trial de novo.”

    Let me explain that to you. No matter WHAT the judge thinks, his not convicted of anything.

  65. ..another internal “investigation” that took less time than Deflategate.
    #whitewash

  66. @bleedgreen:

    I guess we can play this game all day long if you want. From the Associated Press:

    “Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was found GUILTY Tuesday night of assaulting a female and communicating threats.

    Mecklenburg County Judge Rebecca Thorn-Tin sentenced Hardy to 18 months’ probation. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended. Hardy’s attorney Chris Fialko said he’ll appeal”

    Even the section you post doesn’t support you. It clearly states the Assembly can “provide for other means of TRIAL”.

    You do know what a trial is, don’t you?

  67. While I don’t agree with what hardy did, I don’t agree at all with a ten game suspension. The current policy is a six game suspension. Goodell is a joke, makes things up as he goes along. Fire Roger Goodell.

  68. Even the section you post doesn’t support you. It clearly states the Assembly can “provide for other means of TRIAL”.
    —————————————————————
    Hardy did not have a choice of a trial by judge vs. a trial by jury. He was forced to have a trial by judge first, then if found guilty he could appeal and get a trial by jury. At that point the conviction becomes null. Most of the people that comment here don’t understand that actual facts surrounding this case.

  69. Since Goodell stated “she was significantly smaller” what would Roger think if she was “significantly larger” than Hardy (a scary thought mind you but….)?

  70. Hardy seems like a low life, but the NFL seems to double dip with their suspensions. What was last year? Didn’t he have to sit out the entire season? Was that not related to his off field issue? So in essence, he’s been suspended a year and a half. I don’t understand why they don’t count last year as discipline.

  71. is there real proof this guy committed these acts? photos? videos?

    because ever since Duke Lacrosse, Brian Banks, even the Virginia fraternity story this year, I am extermely skeptical of these stories. Of course, there is the Vanderbilit football story that showed the players clearly committed a terrible crime, but that one had evidence that was presented to the public. show me the proof. don’t just “say” there are photos.

  72. Laughable that anyone is defending Hardy. Look at the evidence and see why the judge found him guilty. You morons want to let him off the hook because he paid off the star witness? SMH. He got what he deserved. His case is far worse than Rice or Peterson. Dude has serious, serious issues.

  73. Would mean so much more to me if someone I respected suspended him.

    Knowing Goodell is involved makes me want to defend Greg Hardy.

    Just wish we could get rid of Goodell

  74. Hardy would’ve served less time if he drove drunk with her in the car and killed her that way…

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