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Greg Hardy Suspended 10 Games: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIApril 22, 2015

USA Today

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy has been suspended for the first 10 games of the 2015 NFL season in the aftermath of his domestic violence case being dismissed.

Continue for updates.


Hardy Suspension Appeal Filed by NFLPA, Could Be Reduced

Monday, April 27

According to ProFootballTalk, "Per league source, NFLPA filed Greg Hardy's appeal of 10-game suspension on Friday night." 

On April 24, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, "Some smart people believe when Greg Hardy's appeal is said and done, suspension could be reduced to anywhere from 2 to 6 games."



Hardy Suspended 10 Games

Wednesday, April 22

The NFL put out a press release regarding the decision:

Greg Hardy of the Dallas Cowboys was notified today that he is suspended without pay for the team’s first 10 games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the league in violation of the NFL Constitution and By-Laws, the NFL Player Contract, and the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.
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.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reported a statement from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones:

“This suspension is something that we anticipated prior to Greg’s signing, and we respect the Commissioner’s ruling. Our organization understands the very serious nature of this matter. We will use our resources--work closely with Greg and with the league--to ensure a positive outcome.”

On Thursday, the NFL provided the following statement on the situation:

Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports broke down what this means for Hardy's immediate future with the Cowboys: 

Field Yates @FieldYates

By missing those 10 games, Greg Hardy loses out on $5,781,250 in 53-man per game roster bonuses.

He plans to appeal the suspension, per Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.

Ian Rapoport reveals the Cowboys were not expecting the suspension to be this lengthy: 

NFL on ESPN @ESPNNFL

The NFLPA released this statement to @OTLonESPN on Greg Hardy. http://t.co/yNwr0YiqfX

Breer provided more details on the investigation:

Rand Getlin @RandGetlin

Hardy’s suspension begins September 5th. Can participate in #Cowboys offseason program, OTAs, mini and training camp and preseason games.

Hardy played in Week 1 of the 2014 season but was then placed on the exempt/commissioner's permission list after the team's third regular-season game. This was because he awaited an appeal for his initial assault conviction.

As Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com notes, Hardy will have played one game in 23 months once he returns to action.

On Oct. 30, the trial for Hardy's appeal was postponed until after the 2014 NFL season, which eliminated any possibility of him suiting up for the year.    

When the trial was held, the misdemeanor domestic violence charges were dropped, because Hardy's accuser didn't make herself available for the trial.

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole provided further details:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The #Cowboys expected at most a 6-game suspension for Greg Hardy. Thought it would be 4 games. 10 is clearly a surprise.

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

NFL statement mentions Lisa Friel's role in this 1st investigation since process was revamped. NFL tried/failed to interview Nicole Holder.

ESPN's Adam Schefter weighed in on the situation:

Jason Cole @JasonCole62

Some tidbits on #Panthers DE Greg Hardy: 1. Prosecutors knew months ago about the settlement between Hardy & alleged victim.

The Ray Rice saga had a big impact on the way NFL commissioner Roger Goodell revised the league's personal conduct policy. Though Hardy's case was dismissed, there will still be some skepticism in light of the tough year the league had away from the field in 2014.   

ESPN's Field Yates broke down how this will impact his contract with the Cowboys: 

Jason Cole @JasonCole62

2. Settlement included language that said this was only for civil purpose and had no bearing on criminal case. She could have shown up.

The last full season Hardy played, he racked up 15 sacks as a member of an elite Carolina Panthers defense. If the 10-game suspension sticks, Hardy's first game back will be against his former team.

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