If That's Possible, Greg Hardy Story Gets Worse
Not only has Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy neglected to show any remorse for allegedly beating his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, he's made it clear this week that he doesn't even believe he did anything wrong.
First, a brief recap. In May 2014, Holder told police that Hardy choked her, tossed her onto a couch covered with guns and told her he was going to kill her. Her story, and her battered, bruised body, were documented by Charlotte, North Carolina, police (you can see the photos on Deadspin, which has uncovered and released a mountain of evidence against Hardy). Hardy went on trial and was convicted of assault by a North Carolina judge. Hardy appealed, and Holder stopped cooperating with prosecutors. As the case was being dismissed, prosecutors told the judge that Holder had reached a financial settlement with Hardy.
Hardy, then a member of the Carolina Panthers, played in only the first game of the 2014 season before being placed on the commissioner's exempt list. Players on a team's exempt list are paid, but do not count against a team's 53-man roster limit. The Cowboys signed Hardy to an incentive-laden contract before the 2015 season without knowing if, or for how long, Hardy would be suspended. In April, Hardy was handed a 10-game ban that would later be reduced to four games.
In his second game back from suspension, against the Giants, Hardy shoved a Cowboys coach and screamed at star wide receiver Dez Bryant. Afterward, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called him a leader and said the Cowboys were looking to sign Hardy to a multi-year contract. Less than a month later, Deadspin released the police photos of Holder, a Snapchat photo of the guns on Hardy's couch and interview transcripts with Holder and witnesses. Hardy played against the Eagles two days later and has refused all subsequent media requests.
Tuesday night, Hardy briefly changed his Twitter bio.
"Innocent until proven guilty — lack of knowledge & information is just ignorance — the unjust/prejudicial treatment of diff categories of people is discrimination," the bio read before Hardy changed it a few hours later.
While it is true that alleged domestic abusers are treated with prejudice, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday afternoon that he'd "addressed" the bio situation with Hardy.
"We deal with things inside these walls, and then we move forward," Garrett said.
Later in the day Wednesday, Hardy and the Cowboys were given even more to deal with, assuming you believe they actually care about dealing with this stuff.
Wednesday afternoon, Deadspin released the full transcript of the confidential NFL hearing that ended with Hardy being handed the 10-game suspension. At the hearing, according to the transcript, Hardy denied any responsibility for what happened to Holder and seemingly blames previous sexual encounters between the two for Holder's ending up battered on the street in front of Hardy's apartment.
In addition to being choked and thrown on the guns, Holder also told Charlotte police that Hardy threw her against a bathroom wall, which she hit before sliding into the bathtub. Hardy then, according to Holder's statement to police, pulled her out of the bathroom by her hair.
At the hearing, Hardy's attorney, Frank Maister, said Holder fell into the bathtub, probably after tripping on a scale in the bathroom.
"There is a scale on the floor there. And when I went into the bathroom, and this is just me, I turned around and I hit my heel on the back of the scale. And it is my absolutely sincere belief that [Holder] tripped over the scale and fell backwards," Maister said.
Hardy told the NFL committee holding the hearing that everything happened so fast he did not know how Holder ended up in the bathtub.
Hardy and Maister would go on to describe Hardy and Holder's sexual history, how much Holder had to drink on the night of the alleged beating and how Holder only wanted "the Versace dresses and the Gucci shoes and you want me to pay your rent and everything else" from Hardy.
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