Greg Hardy will have a hard time getting his suspension reduced

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Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy reportedly is considering a legal challenge to his four-game suspension, which an arbitrator reduced from 10. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Hardy is waiting for a final recommendation from the NFL Players Association.

If Hardy proceeds, he’ll have a tough time getting anything other than the money he would have made if he had been suspended only two games, the amount he believes he should have been suspended under the Personal Conduct Policy at the time he violated it.

With the regular season only 10 days away, Hardy is only 18 days away from what would be the conclusion of a two-game suspension. If Hardy were going to push for a court order allowing him to be available for Week Three and Week Four, Hardy should have filed a lawsuit weeks ago.

Hardy could still file something now, but he won’t get a final ruling before Monday, September 21. He possibly could get a temporary injunction allowing him to play pending the resolution of the case, but the judge may not be thrilled with Hardy and the NFL Players Association rushing into court with a sudden sense of urgency with respect to a decision that was issued on July 10.

The bigger problem for Hardy and the NFLPA comes from the potential P.R. reaction to an effort to reduce his suspension from four games to two, after it already had been reduced from 10 games to four — especially since Hardy’s suspension flows from an act of domestic violence.

Most fans and plenty of media members would contend that Hardy should simply be happy with the reduction by six games and not fight to have his suspension reduced even more. Which could be why Hardy hasn’t already filed suit. And which could be why he ultimately won’t.

13 responses to “Greg Hardy will have a hard time getting his suspension reduced

  1. It’s not “temporary injunction.” You either get a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction as one of two forms of provisional relief prior to a final resolution of the merits of a case.

    As for Hardy, he might want to review how Berman distinguished Peterson and Rice’s cases, on the one hand, from Brady’s, on the other. He’d seem to fit on the former side of that fence, which is not where he’d like to be on.

    However, and maybe someone can correct me here, I believe one of the issues in Hardy’s case was whether the disciplinary standards he was given were actually in place when he beat his wife. IIRC, when he committed that cowardly act, the NFL and NFLPA had in place an agreement to issue a two-game suspension for such an offense. After Rice clocked his fiancee, the NFL unilaterally increased the discipline for domestic violence and then applied those rules ex post facto to Hardy.

    If that’s all true, that’s where Hardy may have an angle to reduce his suspension time. Of course, when that happened, query why the NFLPA didn’t file an unfair labor practice charge challenging the unilateral change in terms and conditions of employment. This is the same NFLPA that agreed to allow Goodell to decide all disputes arising under the CBA.

  2. The end of the second to last paragraph is where this article goes awry. Hardy’s suspension does not “flow from an act of domestic violence.” He got suspended for conduct detrimental to the league, i.e. being involved with a class of individual that would falsely accuse someone of domestic violence, thereby tarnishing the image of the league.

  3. Most people are disgusted by what he did. The only people that defend him are Cowboys fans. All they care about is that he’s a really good football player. Nevermind that he’s a really bad human being.

  4. Forget for a moment who Hardy is as a person or what he may or may not have done. We read the articles and it didn’t sound pretty but at the end of the day you have to look at the outcome. The case was dismissed and Hardy spent 15 games on the Commisioners exempt list and then got slapped with a 10 game suspension which was reduced to 4. It really boils down to what the appropriate disciplinary action was at the time of the supposed incident. Regardless of how revulsed you are by his reputed actions there is a requirement that the correct action be taken and it wasn’t. If he chooses to seek this to be overturned then I am confident it will be reduced to 2 games. Whether you like it or not that is the correct application of disciplinary procedures. And we would not be here today if we had a commissioner that could properly lead the NFL.

  5. “buess21 says:
    Sep 3, 2015 7:15 PM

    No one worried about bad PR from Brady wanting a suspension for cheating reduced.”

    Deflated footballs vs domestic violence and an arsenal of semi-automatic weapons.

    Not a fair comparison…

  6. Hardy should ask for a full dismissal of his suspension. The rule at the time of his incident was 0 games for acquittal and 2 games for conviction. Rice was convicted and got 2 games, prompting the uproar. Hardy was in effect acquitted when the prosecutor dropped the charges before the jury trial. The NFL conducted its own investigation as the justification for Hardy’s suspension but that wasn’t the league’s practice at the time of the incident so it should be ignored.

  7. IIRC, everyone was pointing out how he was not convicted, which basically makes him as innocent as Brady.

    This is one of the results you get for letting Brady off on a technicality. Deal with it.

  8. desmondclee says: “However, and maybe someone can correct me here, I believe one of the issues in Hardy’s case was whether the disciplinary standards he was given were actually in place when he beat his wife.”

    Let me correct you – Hardy did not beat his wife. He never laid a finger on his wife. It helps if you actually know the public facts of the case before commenting.

  9. unnamedxsource says:
    Sep 4, 2015 2:35 AM

    Deflated footballs vs domestic violence and an arsenal of semi-automatic weapons.

    Not a fair comparison…

    Cheating is cheating, and is bad for the image of the league. Patriot fans are more than willing to forget that though, because they may win a few more games by claiming that deflating footballs isn’t cheating. No difference in that respect.

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