A year after Greg Hardy was arrested for assaulting his then-girlfriend in 2014, photos have emerged showing the beating the NFL player inflicted on Nicole Holder. The images depict Nicole with severe bruises along her face and body — but most shocking is how Greg will get away with it.
Greg Hardy, 27, had his record wiped clean of his 2014 domestic abuse conviction. However, the photos of the damage he reportedly inflicted on his then-girlfriend Nicole Holder tell a story that can never be forgotten. The graphic images of that led to his arrest were posted online, showing how the NFL player nearly beat a woman to death.
The photos, obtained by Deadspin, were published on Nov. 7, a day after Greg Hardy’s domestic violence charge erased from his criminal record. The documents also detail the abusive two-year long relationship between Nicole and Greg, leading to the May 12, 2014 incident where she fled his Charlotte, North Carolina apartment while barefoot. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PICTURES [WARNING: GRAPHIC]
Nicole said that on that night, Greg had thrown her on a futon and allegedly choked her out. “He looked me in my eyes and he told me he was going to kill me,” Nicole said, according to the police report. “I was so scared, I wanted to die. When he loosened his grip slightly, I said just ‘Do it. Kill me'”
She fled his apartment without shoes, until she was found by a police officer. When asked why she was crying, Nicole said, “It doesn’t matter. Nothing is going to happen to him.” Greg denied the claims and said that Nicole was the one who attacked him first, according to the NY Daily News.
Greg was convicted of assault and communicating threats on July 15, 2014. The NFL then suspended Greg, and he missed all but the first game of the 2014-15 season. He was deactivated (and ultimately let go) by the Carolina Panthers and he signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Greg appealed the conviction, requesting a trial by jury.
When Nicole failed to appear in court to testify, the case against Greg was dismissed under the grounds that she “wasn’t cooperating” with Greg’s attorneys, reports the Daily News. Greg then appealed to have his record cleaned of the original conviction and, according to the Charlotte Observer, his request was granted.
Greg was also suspended for the first 10 games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy, but this was later reduced to a 4 game suspension. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has defended Greg, saying he’s “one of the real leaders of this team.”
Do you think Greg should still be allowed to play in the NFL, HollywoodLifers?
— Jason Brow