Greg Hardy appeal was filed Friday

AP

On Wednesday, the NFL suspended Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy 10 games.  On Friday, the NFLPA filed a formal appeal of the suspension.

Per a league source, the appeal officially was filed Friday night.  It’s believed that the appeal will focus on the application of the new Personal Conduct Policy standards and processes retroactively to conduct that occurred before the NFL dramatically altered its approach to domestic violence cases.

The league, learning from a lawsuit filed by Adrian Peterson that resulted in a ruling that the new standard can’t apply retroactively, claims that the suspension was imposed under the former policy.  However, it’s obvious that the post-Ray Rice realities of the NFL influenced dramatically a situation that has resulted in Hardy missing 15 games with pay in 2014 and 10 games in 2015 for a first offense that resulted in no criminal liability, due to a civil settlement reached with his accuser, Nicole Holder.  Indeed, Hardy played last year in Week One — and then the Ray Rice elevator video was released, and everything changed.

Under the former policy and procedure, a first-time offender typically received a two-game suspension without pay.  In this specific case, the NFL has separated the incident into four separate violations; in connection with the appeal, the NFLPA undoubtedly will explore whether the NFL took one general incident and broke it into subsets that were then disciplined individually.

According to the source, the appeal also asks the NFL to designate a neutral arbitrator.  The league agreed to use a neutral arbitrator in the appeal of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension in 2014, but the league declined to appoint a neutral arbitrator in the appeal of Adrian Peterson’s suspension.  While the neutral arbitrator overturned the Rice suspension as a second punishment for the same conduct that had previously resulted in a two-game suspension, the neutral arbitrator also noted that the NFL could have imposed an indefinite suspension in the first place.

37 responses to “Greg Hardy appeal was filed Friday

  1. If they really wanted 10 games, they should have suspended him for 20 games. That way the union can say they won getting it reduced and the NFL getting what they originally wanted.

  2. Even if you hate Goodell, you have to be routing for the NFL on this one… unless your a cowboys fan, then you already probably suck so it won’t make much difference. 🙂 just kidding Cowboy fans, you know i love you…

  3. Maybe Dr. Jerrah can help him with his problems. I’m sure he’s just as skilled in psychiatry as he is in other medical specialties.

  4. It seems Nicole Holder is content with the outcome. She didn’t file any charges, she was the victim supposedly.
    He’ll end up in a 6/8 game suspension so we all can fell better. Sick game, sick players, sick girlfriends, sick fans…

  5. The NFL wanted to make sure it won the press conference. They know Hardy will win his appeal. Curious if they will rule that missed games under the “commissioner exempt list” count as time served?

  6. He should and will win this appeal and have the games reduced. Set aside your opinions of what Greg allegedly (and probably) did. The NFL can’t create a set of rules and punishments that were agreed to by the NFL and NFLPA and not follow those set of punishments. They have amended the agreement so that going forward instances like this will be punished more harshly, but that only applies going forward.

  7. Honestly not sure but didn’t the players forgo their right to a neutral arbitrator in exchange for something else?

  8. So much for a sign of contrition. This man should be fed to the dogs.. Never seen a more awful human being. If he was anyone else, he would be sitting in prison. Money can buy you freedom..

  9. Yeah the NFL breaking into 4 different offenses is like charging someone with 4 counts of homicide if they shoot their victim 4 times. Plus they allowed the liberal shills from New York to throw in that it was exacerbated by the presence of “powerful, military assault weapons”. Show me a military using any of those guns and I’ll show you a country that could be captured by deer hunters.

  10. If the suspension isn’t reduced to fewer than 6 games one thing will be totally clear. The ‘neutral’ arbitrator will be on John Mara’s payroll.
    (Dallas’ 6th game is their final 2015 game against the Giants)

  11. Got to love how Ray McDonald gets accused of both sexual assault and domestic violence and nothing happens to him. Greg hardy gets suspended 10 games. Hmmmm weird

  12. What happened to “can’t apply the new policy retroactively?”

    Goodell says “Who cares?! I do what I want!”

  13. Hardy will be gone for 10 games in 2015. He can appeal to the moon and it is not going to make a difference. He now has more time to work on his rap album. Good luck with that.

  14. (So much for a sign of contrition. This man should be fed to the dogs.. Never seen a more awful human being. If he was anyone else, he would be sitting in prison. Money can buy you freedom…)
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    “Mecklenburg County Judge Rebecca Thorn-Tin sentenced Hardy to 18 months’ probation. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended.”

    The exact same sentence you or anyone else would have gotten for a misdemeanor conviction. That’s right a misdemeanor, because the DA never believed her award winning story of being beaten and thrown around his apartment. If they really believed her and if there was any evidence or eyewitnesses Hardy would have been charged with a felony.

  15. No one should have to take a beat from someone they r in a relationship with, male or female.
    I read miss holder was hitting him with her shoe.
    Maybe he should have left but when someone is hitting u
    It hard to stay focused on making the right decisions
    I just don’t understand why everyone wants to give the woman
    In most domestic violent cases a free past.
    Why is it always the man that is supposed to have the discipline
    In these situations.
    I believe in EVERYONE is responsible for their own actions.
    Action always come with consequences. All not good.
    I liked it better when people were held responsible
    For what they did and said.

  16. Well Jazzn1, if she was beating him with a shoe you right he shouldve left but he didnt and the police and courts saw enough evidence on her somehow to come of with a conviction at the time. So Hardy was as much guilty as she was in whatever took place that night. Liquor, drugs and arguments dont mix!

  17. The guy was convicted in a court by a judge for committing a felony. Stop acting like the guy didn’t commit a crime simply because he had the money to bribe his victim. And stop acting like this guy is a victim simply because he was given a 10 game suspension for the threats to kill it’s well documented he threatened, simply because Dallas fans want him to be there to help them to win a stupid football game.

    Stop selling out your morality simply because you want him to help your team to win a game! Do you realize how sick you sound?

  18. skawh says:
    Apr 27, 2015 4:30 PM

    The guy was convicted in a court by a judge for committing a felony. Stop acting like the guy didn’t commit a crime simply because he had the money to bribe his victim. And stop acting like this guy is a victim simply because he was given a 10 game suspension for the threats to kill it’s well documented he threatened, simply because Dallas fans want him to be there to help them to win a stupid football game.

    Stop selling out your morality simply because you want him to help your team to win a game! Do you realize how sick you sound?
    =================
    First, the conviction was for a misdemeanor, not a felony, and was reached in a trial presided over by a judge who has a substantial history of extremist advocacy for womens’ rights issues, and who openly agitated to have the case assigned to her in an election year. By any stretch of the imagination, the judge failed miserably in her role as an impartial trier of the facts.

    Second, in DV cases, the prosecutor doesn’t necessarily need the victim to cooperate. If he believes her story, and the evidence corroborates it, then the D.A. can vouch for her testimony in Court even in her absence. The fact that he refused to do so speaks volumes about her credibility or, more correctly, lack thereof.

    Stop selling out your modest responsibility to assume the burden of critical thought, as well as to engage in a few minutes of easy research, simply because it’s more comfortable to swallow the mendacious, self-righteous bloviating of Roger Goodell and his cadre of NYC liberal lunatics…

  19. Rather he did it or not, you can’t punish him with rules that were enacted after the incident. Cowboy haters see it their way, but Forty Niner fans got their guy cleared. Ray Rice has video evidence of his attack and all the NFL has is some photos (that are questionable) and a commissioner that is afraid to make the right decision. So he overreacts and when the penalty is reduced he says well I tried and seems to be the good guy. Get Mara and Kraft away and then see what happens.

  20. The NFLPA is a hapless union, just like the rest of them.

    Anyone that actually read the facts in this case knows he is guilty, The NFLPA knows he is guilty, yet because they are his union, they fight for him.

    What a joke.

  21. widerightyouloseagain says:
    Apr 27, 2015 11:24 AM
    Those who are rooting for this turd should be ashamed of themselves, how shallow can you get?
    _____
    It’s really easy for me to root for Hardy. Why? Because the entire “incident” is a figment of Holder’s imagination. None of it ever happened. Again, if someone Hardy’s size picks up a 120-pound woman over his head and throws her into a porcalin tub, and then onto a pile of guns, she would have multiple broken bones and would have spent time in the hospital. But she magically showed up to court for the first trial looking like a runway model. The DA had no physical evidence, just her testimony. The judge that found him guilty should be disbarred, Hardy’s record should be expunged, and he should not serve one minute of a suspension.

  22. There should be no suspension at all. He was acquitted of all charges. He has a very good chance of getting the incident expunged, which means his record would be squeaky clean. The NFL is just afraid of bad press.

    I wonder how many of the people commenting here would meekly accept punishment for something they didn’t do.

  23. Rules are rules and even though he was found guilty for what he did, the NFL policy for the punishment for his act falls under their old punishment policy. I do not in anyway condone what he did or did not do, but rules are rules.

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