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07/12/15 - DE Greg Hardy had his NFL suspension reduced from 10 games to four by an arbitrator Friday (July 10).
The NFL announced that arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Hardy's suspension for conduct detrimental to the league, but reduced the number of games on appeal.
"After consideration of all the record evidence and arguments, I conclude that the Commissioner acted within his authority and properly exercised his discretion in finding that Hardy violated the NFL Personal Conduct Policy," Henderson said in a statement.
"I find that the conduct of Hardy clearly violated the letter and spirit of any version of the PCP since its inception, and of the NFL Constitution and Bylaws long before then. The egregious conduct exhibited here is indefensible in the NFL.
"However, 10 games is simply too much, in my view, of an increase over prior cases without notice such as was done last year, when the 'baseline' for discipline in domestic violence or sexual assault cases was announced as a six-game suspension."
Hardy will be permitted to take part in training camp and preseason games. The suspension will begin Sept. 5.
Hardy and the NFL Players Association appealed the suspension under the basis that he was punished under the new personal conduct policy rather than the old one that was in place when the alleged violation occurred.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that agent Drew Rosenhaus, the NFLPA and Hardy's lawyer will consider their options before deciding how to proceed and whether to accept the reduction.
"Still considering further legal action," Rosenhaus said.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Hardy in April following a two-month investigation by the league into Hardy's domestic violence incident last year involving ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder. The charges against Hardy were eventually dismissed after Holder refused to cooperate with the Mecklenburg (North Carolina) County district attorney's office.
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04/22/15 - DE Greg Hardy has been suspended 10 games without pay for "conduct detrimental to the league."
The NFL announced Wednesday in a statement that Hardy was notified in a letter from commissioner Roger Goodell that he is suspended for the team's first 10 games of the regular season in violation of the league constitution and by-laws, the player contract and the personal conduct policy.
ESPN.com reported that the NFL Players Association plans to appeal the league's ruling. Hardy has three days to appeal the decision.
Hardy was informed that a 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."
The NFL was allowed to view photographs from Hardy's first domestic violence case to help determine the injuries to Hardy's ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder. League investigators also had access to photos of guns in Hardy's Charlotte, N.C., apartment and other evidence in a July 15 trial of the former Carolina Panthers defensive end.
"The net effect of these acts was that Ms. Holder was severely traumatized and sustained a range of injuries, including bruises and scratches on her neck, shoulders, upper chest, back, arms and feet," Goodell wrote in the letter to Hardy. "The use of physical force under the circumstances present here, against a woman substantially smaller than you and in the presence of powerful, military-style assault weapons, constitutes a significant act of violence in violation of the Personal Conduct Policy."
The investigation was led by Lisa Friel and T&M Protection Resources. Prior to joining the NFL, Friel was vice president of the sexual misconduct consulting and investigations division of T&M. During a 28-year career as a Manhattan prosecutor, Friel was head of the sex crimes prosecution unit in the New York County district attor
03/18/15 - DE Greg Hardy left the Panthers for the Cowboys Wednesday (March 18) after two days of negotiations. The one-year deal for the former Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl player carries a salary of $750,000, but he could earn $13.1 million.
Hardy can earn a workout bonus of $1.3 million, $9.25 million in per-game roster bonuses and $1.8 million in incentives based on sacks and being on the 53-man roster for the final game of the regular season.
His 2015 salary cap number will be $3.2 million -- base salary, workout bonus and two games of the per-game bonus because he was on the 53-man roster for just two games in 2014. Any other bonuses or incentives he reaches in 2015 will be added to the Cowboys' 2016 salary cap.
The Cowboys hosted Hardy on Tuesday and he stayed overnight before taking a physical Wednesday.
Earlier Wednesday, agent Drew Rosenhaus told media that his client would choose between the Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht later told the Tampa Bay Times that they were no longer pursing Hardy.
"At the end of the day, we didn't feel good about it," Licht told the newspaper.
The Cowboys confirmed the signing Wednesday afternoon on Twitter: "Welcome to the Cowboys Greg Hardy!"
Rosenhaus also tweeted the news: "Congrats to Greg Hardy on joining the Cowboys! Thanks to Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones and the Cowboys organization."
Hardy, who was a 2013 Pro Bowl selection after leading the Panthers with 15 sacks, could be facing an NFL suspension of as many as six games after he missed 15 games last season.
The 26-year-old Hardy was arrested and charged with assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, in May. He was convicted last summer, but he appealed the ruling and was assigned for a jury trial that was to start Feb. 9 in Charlotte, N.C. But the case was dismissed because Holder did not appear to testify.
Hardy played only one game last season but received $13.1 million from
03/08/15 - DE Greg Hardy, unrestricted FA update, will head to free agency likely still on the Commissioners' Exempt List. One of the game's best defensive ends, he won't be back in Carolina next year as the team has tired of his off-the-field concerns.
02/11/15 - DE Greg Hardy's domestic-abuse case was abruptly dismissed Monday (Feb. 9) because his accuser could not be found to testify.
The prosecution said repeated attempts to reach Nicole Holder, Hardy's ex-girlfriend, failed and the domestic violence charges were dismissed.
Hardy left the courthouse without comment.
"Due to the circumstances of this case, the victim's testimony would have been critical evidence for the jury to consider," District Attorney Andrew Murray said in a statement Monday. "The victim appears to have made herself unavailable to the state."
The district attorney's office said it has "reliable information" that Holder and Hardy have reached a civil settlement.
"To prosecute domestic violence cases, we encourage domestic violence victims to not only report domestic violence but to participate in every level of the prosecution," Murray said outside the courthouse in Charlotte, N.C. "We need that participation in order to gain justice for not only victims of domestic violence, but for this community."
Hardy was convicted last summer of assaulting and threatening to kill his former girlfriend. He appealed the ruling and was assigned for a jury trial that was to start Monday morning at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse in Charlotte.
Hardy requested the jury trial on July 15 after Mecklenburg District Court Judge Rebecca Thorne Tin found the 2013 Pro Bowl player guilty. Under North Carolina law, his appeal set aside the guilty verdict.
Hardy played only one game last season but received $13.1 million from Carolina after being designated with the franchise tag in February. He was placed on the inactive roster in Week 2 and then put on the commissioner's exempt list before Week 3 until his case was resolved.
On Monday, an NFL spokesman said Hardy's status with the league "remains unchanged until we fully review the matter."
The Panthers said: "We are aware of the decision by the district attorney's office to dismiss ch