A series of (graphic and disturbing) photos of Nicole Holder, the now ex-girlfriend of Greg Hardy, have been published on Deadspin. The photos appear to show extensive injuries alleged to have occurred as a result of an assault by Hardy in 2014.
In the 2014 incident, Hardy had been charged with “communicating threats and assault.” In April, the case against Hardy was dismissed and he filed to have his record expunged. According to the Charlotte Observer, a district judge from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, issued an order than Hardy’s record be expunged earlier this week.
Nicole Holder told a story of being slammed against a “tile” wall, being thrown on a “futon covered in assault rifles,” and choked.
Somehow, Holder managed to extricate herself from Hardy’s reported onslaught to find herself walking “barefoot and frightened” through the Charlotte night along Fifth Street, when a police officer named Jeffrey Kendrick followed her and “ordered” her to stop.
Holder was reported to state, “It doesn’t matter. Nothing is going to happen to him anyways.”
Deadspin is now stating that “a year and a half” later, it appears that Holder is “mostly right.”
Hardy was reportedly first convicted of the assault charges against Holder, but they were dropped upon appeal, and now, expunged.
Hardy played more than 15 games in each NFL season from 2010 to 2013, according to the NFL. He only logged one game in the 2014 season, as a result of the charges and suspension.
In 2014, Hardy was reportedly paid $6.17 million by the Carolina Panthers not to play, according to the NFL. In 2013, Hardy set a Panthers’ franchise record with 15 sacks. His salary and lack of ability to produce was reported to put a financial strain on the team and cost them their chance at winning the NFC South. It was speculated at the time that Hardy’s career might be over.
Katie Nolan referred to Greg Hardy as a “garbage human” in another Deadspin article.
“Greg Hardy had to pretend to respect women for 12 minutes, just 12 minutes, and he couldn’t even do that. And what’s worse, no one stopped him,” Nolan states with regard to a recent Hardy interview.
The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, is reported to view Hardy as a “real leader.”
Nicole Holder is reported to have “gone quiet” after receiving a settlement from Hardy with regard to the incident, which may have contributed to the criminal case coming unraveled.
Laura Iwanick, a friend of Nicole Holder, described her relationship with Greg Hardy as being very “up and down.”
Hardy is reported to have attempted to portray himself as the victim that evening and the reason that Holder was found in the street was because she was fleeing the scene of a crime as a perpetrator. According to Deadspin, police documents make it clear that Holder was fleeing a situation as a battered woman.
The night that Holder was reportedly assaulted, she arrived at Hardy’s apartment to find assault rifles piled on a futon, which she was later allegedly thrown over after a night of drinking, turned into assault, and then into Holder reporting that she was fearful for her life.
Despite this, it was reported that after her initial encounter with police officer Jeffrey Kendrick that she denied having been assaulted at all the evening of the incident. Holder reportedly stayed in a hotel the next night because she was too scared for her safety to stay in her own home.
Hardy reportedly relinquished 10 firearms when he was arrested.
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