Greg Hardy was signed by the Dallas Cowboys this off-season in a gamble move by Jerry Jones, but Jones won’t know how good the signing will be till at least after Thanksgiving, as the defensive lineman has been suspended for the Cowboys first ten games this season without pay due to a domestic abuse case in which Hardy had all charges dropped against him.
The Cowboys inked Hardy to a one-year deal worth over 10 million dollars this season, which obviously he won’t be receiving all the money of. The NFL also released a statement on Hardy’s suspension.
The NFL’s investigation concluded that Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances. First, he used physical force against her which caused her to land in a bathtub. Second, he used physical force against her which caused her to land on a futon that was covered with at least four semi-automatic rifles. Third, he used physical force against her by placing his hands around Ms. Holder’s neck and applying enough pressure to leave visible marks. And fourth, he used physical force to shove Ms. Holder against a wall in his apartment’s entry hallway.
“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,” Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote. “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.”
As previously stated, Hardy will be able to return to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving night, when the Cowboys taken on his former team the Carolina Panthers. Jerry Jones also shared his thoughts on Hardy’s suspension.
“This suspension is something that we anticipated prior to Greg’s signing, and we respect the Commissioner’s ruling,” he said. “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.”
The one-time Pro Bowl selection Hardy will appeal his suspension.
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