NFL star Greg Hardy is finally speaking out after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in July 2014. Pictures of Nicole Holder’s brutal assault have surfaced, and Greg took to Twitter to formally apologize for his crimes.
Greg Hardy, formerly of the Carolina Panthers, now the defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys, was arrested and found guilty of domestic abuse in July 2014 (before his record was expunged) after assaulting then-girlfriend Nicole Holder. Sports blog Deadspin released photos of Nicole’s injuries on November 6, 2015, showing the extent of her attack — something that prompted Greg to express his regrets on Twitter on November 7.
“Just had to say I express my regret 4 what happened in past and I’m Dedicated to being the best person & teammate that I can be,” Greg tweeted. “but mostly I am Grateful 4 the opportunity to play in NFL #GodBlessHookyStreet”
Greg returned to the NFL earlier in 2015 after a four-game suspension. His initial punishment from the league was a 10-game suspension, and combined with the decrease in time off, his charges of domestic violence were also erased. Many aren’t buying Greg’s apology, especially since it only came the day after photos surfaced of Nicole’s bruised and battered body — and the fact that he’s “most grateful” for the chance to play in the NFL again.
The photos are brutal and painful to even look at. Nicole is covered head-to-toe in bruises and lesions. Her arms, legs, back — everything — are swollen, black and blue. Standing in the street next to a police car, it’s clear that this just happened to her. Deadspin‘s exposé explored Nicole’s experience in minute detail, starting with when she allegedly ran from Greg’s apartment in the middle of the night, barefoot into the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina.
According to Nicole’s account to police, Greg threw her into the tile wall of a bathtub, tossed her onto a futon topped with a pile of assault rifles, then choked her. Greg was at first convicted of assault in a bench trial, but the charges were reversed in his appeal; his record of domestic abuse was expunged on November 5.
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— Samantha Wilson