Updates from Monday, July 14
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is scheduled to be in court Tuesday to face charges that he beat up his ex-girlfriend during an altercation at Hardy’s residence in May.
An official with the Mecklenburg County district attorney’s office said there have been no further delays or continuances with the bench trial, which was originally scheduled for June.
District Judge Becky Thorne Tin, who will preside over the trial, will try to determine what happened in the early-morning hours of May 13 at Hardy’s uptown condo.
Nicole Holder, 24, a waitress at an Epicentre nightclub who used to live with Hardy, told authorities Hardy attacked her during an after-party at his condo.
Updates from Tuesday, June 24
Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reported on the latest in the proceedings against Greg Hardy:
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is scheduled to face charges he assaulted and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend next month, less than two weeks before the start of training camp.
Hardy’s trial on the two misdemeanor charges has been set for July 15, Hardy’s attorney, Chris Fialko, said Tuesday.
Hardy, 25, initially was scheduled to appear in court Friday.
Person reports Greg Hardy's accuser Nicole Holder has received a subpoena:
Jamie Adams, the assistant district attorney who supervises the prosecution of domestic violence cases, said Holder has been issued a subpoena to be in court the morning of July 15.
Asked is she expected Holder to testify, Adams said, "I would hope so."
Updates from Tuesday, May 27
Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer provides an update on Greg Hardy's return to practice:
Panthers Cam Newton and Greg Hardy were both at Wednesday’s voluntary workouts, though one was much more active than the other.
Hardy, the defensive end who earlier this month was arrested and charged with assault on a female and communicating threats, looked like the same Hardy who tied the franchise sack record last season while going against left tackle Byron Bell in drills.
The report also provides comments from head coach Ron Rivera:
Greg’s looked really good,” Rivera said. “It’s tough because we’re not in pads, so when he comes off the ball, the tackles can’t really strike him the way you normally would in pads. So I think advantage goes to him right now. He’s very quick, very athletic and doing some very good things.
Updates from Friday, May 23
Black and Blue Review's Bill Voth has an update on Hardy:
Despite his pending legal issues, defensive end Greg Hardy is expected to be in attendance when the Panthers kick off three weeks of OTAs Tuesday, according to a league source.
Hardy returned to workouts at Bank of America Stadium this week, and the Panthers have no immediate plans to ask him to stay away while his legal situation is sorted out. His next scheduled court date is June 27, and the team is continuing its investigation into what happened the morning of May 13.
Updates from Monday, May 19
Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer updated Greg Hardy's status with the Panthers following his arrest while the legal process plays itself out:
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has returned to the team and participated in organized team activities (OTAs) Monday, less than a week after being charged with allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
After taking a couple of days off following his release from jail last week, Hardy was back at Bank of America Stadium on Monday for the voluntary workout program, according to two league sources.
Updates from Friday, May 16
Michael Gordon of the Charlotte Observer reports details of Greg Hardy's firearms:
Carolina Panther star Greg Hardy turned over nine guns Friday, part of a judge’s order following his arrest this week on charges that he assaulted and threatened his girlfriend.
As part of the agreement that allowed Hardy to be freed from jail, Mecklenburg District Judge Becky Thorne Tin ordered the All-Pro lineman Thursday to turn over any weapons he owns or has access to.
A Mecklenburg County sheriff’s spokeswoman said Hardy turned over nine guns Friday, including six military-type, semi-automatic rifles and three .12-gauge shotguns.
ESPN's David Newton previously provided a synopsis of Panthers head coach Ron Rivera discussing Hardy's situation:
#Panthers coach Ron Rivera declines to diacuss Greg Hardy off the field issues on any level.— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) May 16, 2014
Ron Rivera's only real comment on Greg Hardy was that he was a good young man and he would let the legal process play out. #Panthers— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) May 16, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 15
Bill Voth of BlackandBlueReview.com provides audio and transcript of Greg Hardy's 911 call:
GH: “She’s trying to hit me with another shoe. I’m behind the bar. I’m not touching her. My manager’s retaining her. She’s still trying to get me.”
Operator: “She’s outside of the apartment right now?”
GH: “No, she won’t let me close the door and I can’t touch her to get her out. She’s literally kicking and scratching. My manager’s retaining her. (inaudible) She’s hit me in the face twice. I’m trying to stay away from her. Can you please send somebody to help me?”
Operator: “Do you need medic?”
GH: “Keep her bro, keep her. Don’t let her go. Don’t let her go.”
Operator: “Do you need medic?”
GH: “I don’t need medic. She hit me in the face. I’m not bleeding or anything, it’s a little swollen, but I’m fine.”
For the audio and complete transcript, click here.
Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer provided more details behind Hardy's arrest and the latest in the proceedings against him:
According to court documents, Nicole Holder stated Greg Hardy was angry b/c of her short-lived relationship w the rapper Nelly.— Joe Person (@josephperson) May 15, 2014
Breaking: Judge Becky Tin has modified Greg Hardy's bond, requiring him to turn over any or all of his weapons and firearms.— Joe Person (@josephperson) May 15, 2014
Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer passed along more details from court documents detailing the incident involving Hardy:
In court docs, Holder states she swung her heeled shoe at Hardy to get him off her— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) May 15, 2014
Holder said she started screaming loudly, and Hardy began recording her on video.— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) May 15, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 14
Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer provides a synopsis of Greg Hardy's court appearance this morning:
Greg Hardy in the courtroom, first on docket. Orange jumpsuit.— Joe Person (@josephperson) May 14, 2014
Attorney says Hardy didn't assault her.— Joe Person (@josephperson) May 14, 2014
Bond set at 15k on assault, 2k on threats. Hardy can't contact victim. Must attend 3 AA meetings a week. Meetings b/c Hardy was intoxicated.— Joe Person (@josephperson) May 14, 2014
Chris Fialko, Hardy atty, says alleged victim was attacking Hardy and his friend and wouldn't leave Hardy's apartment.— Joe Person (@josephperson) May 14, 2014
Victim's attorney has filed a protective order against Hardy as well.— Joe Person (@josephperson) May 14, 2014
Arrest warrant alleges Hardy grabbed victim, threw her to the floor and bathtub, slammed her vs. a futon and strangled her.— Joe Person (@josephperson) May 14, 2014
Cleve R. Wootson Jr. of the Charlotte Observer passes along audio of the 911 call:
David Newton of ESPN shared a photo of Hardy leaving the jail on Wednesday:
Following Hardy's exit from jail, Person, Michael Gordon, Jonathan Jones and Maria David of The Charlotte Observer shared more details behind Hardy's arrest:
The arrest warrants accuse the Panther lineman of throwing girlfriend Nicole Holder to the floor and into a bathtub, slamming her against a Futon and "strangling" during an argument at his home.
Hardy also said he would kill her, the warrant said, a threat "made in a manner and under circumstances which would cause a reasonable person to believe that the threat was likely to be carried out."
Holder filed for a restraining order against Hardy on Wednesday, according to public records. In her complaint, she accuses Hardy of throwing her on a bed covered "in assault weapons and/or shotguns."
She said he bragged that all of the assault weapons were loaded. As part of the assault, she said Hardy "threatened to shoot me if I went to the media or reported his assaults to anyone."
Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested Tuesday for domestic violence involving his girlfriend, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
WSOC-TV in Charlotte reported the news Tuesday afternoon:
Hardy was eventually charged with communicating threats and assault on a female (via Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer):
#Panthers DE Greg Hardy arrested on two charges -- communicating threats and assault on a female, arrest records show.— Joe Person (@josephperson) May 13, 2014
CLT police responded to DMV call at 4:18 a.m., interviewed victim. Arrest warrants obtained. Hardy turned himself in; booked at 1 pm. today.— Joe Person (@josephperson) May 13, 2014
Person and Jonathan Jones also passed along more details from the police report:
According to an incident report, police responded to a call around 4:18 a.m. Tuesday morning at the 100 block of North Tryon Street. A 24-year-old woman, who said she and Hardy had been in a relationship since September, said Hardy physically assaulted and threatened her, according to the report.
The report states she suffered minor injuries – bruises and scratches – and she refused treatment. Alcohol is listed as an incapacity type for the victim on the report.
Hardy is scheduled to appear Wednesday morning in front of a district court judge, who has the authority to set bond. Hardy was jailed overnight. A sheriff’s office spokeswoman said it’s typical in domestic violence cases for suspects to be denied bond for at least a 24-hour 'cooling-off period.'
WBTV news passed along Hardy's mugshot following his arrested:
Following the announcement of Hardy's arrest, the Panthers later released a statement on the incident (via David Newton of ESPN):
#Panthers on arrest of Greg Hardy suspicion of domestic violence. “We are very disappointed to learn of the allegations involving Greg."— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) May 13, 2014
More from #Panthers on Greg Hardy arrest. “...and are concerned for all parties as we continue to investigate.”— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) May 13, 2014
Hardy's reported arrest comes just months after Carolina tagged him as a franchise player. Signing the franchise tender means Hardy has one year to prove his worth to the Panthers or another team during the 2014 season in hopes of securing a long-term contract.
Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman spoke about what the franchise tag meant for Carolina and Hardy, per Person:
The franchise mechanism gives us time to secure the services of a very good player while we continue to look at the future of Greg with the Carolina Panthers. We have had great dialogue with both Greg and his agent. It was important to keep our defensive front together.
This isn't a great start, to say the least.
Brett Jensen of Fox Sports doesn't believe the arrest should come as any shock to fans:
On top of the franchise tag, Hardy might have to worry about his role with the team following the 2014 NFL draft. In the second round, the Panthers chose Kony Ealy, a defensive end out of Missouri.
Carolina might have made the move as insurance in case Hardy leaves in free agency, as Matt Miller of Bleacher Report and Josh Norris of Rotoworld point out:
One year deal for Greg Hardy...Kony Ealy can be his replacement if the cap is tight.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) May 10, 2014
If Ealy pans out, he can win in similar ways to Greg Hardy. Who is on a one year deal. Worth watching.— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) May 10, 2014
Once a befuddling move for Panthers fans now looks like a smart one for the franchise.
Is Hardy's job in question now with the Panthers?
While it is unknown at this time whether Hardy will miss time on the field for his arrest, the Panthers are already dealing with the loss of a back-up at the position. Third-year lineman Frank Alexander was recently suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The future for Hardy still looks bright on the field. After all, he recorded 59 tackles and 15 sacks last season as a key figure on Carolina's stout defense. But criminal charges can derail a player's career in a hurry. If he is ultimately guilty of the charge, it could draw unwanted attention to the Panthers, a team on the rise after a playoff appearance last season.
With Charles Johnson on one side and Ealy looking to take over the role in the future, the timing couldn't be worse for Hardy's arrest. After signing his franchise tag, Hardy will now have to prove he's worth the big contract if he plans on staying in Carolina with the distraction this arrest causes.
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