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PostSubject: NFL drops hammer on Greg Hardy, suspends him 10 games without pay   Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:20 pm

NFL drops hammer on Greg Hardy, suspends him 10 games without pay
By Frank Schwab
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The Dallas Cowboys' gamble on signing defensive end Greg Hardy doesn't look like it will pay off, at least until Thanksgiving.

The NFL came down hard on Hardy, who missed most of last season while his domestic abuse case played out in the courts, suspending the new Cowboys end 10 games without pay. Hardy missed 15 games last season for the Carolina Panthers on the commissioner's exempt list, but he was paid during that time.

Hardy's first scheduled game back? Yep, it's against the Panthers, on Thanksgiving.

The Cowboys gave Hardy an unusually structured one-year contract anticipating some NFL suspension. Hardy got a deal that could max out at $11.3 million, but about $9.25 million of that was to be paid in weekly bonuses for being on the active roster. That protected the Cowboys in case of a long suspension. Even though the Cowboys went into this deal knowing what could happen, the 10-game length of the suspension is still a little startling.

It's not too surprising when you think of it from the NFL's point of view, however. They spent all last season getting ripped for being too light on Ray Rice and his two-game suspension in a domestic violence case. Hardy was the next high profile domestic violence case, and the NFL was going to make a statement. The suspension comes even though charges were dropped against Hardy when his ex-girlfriend refused to cooperate. The prosecution felt it didn't have enough evidence to move forward. Hardy was accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. The NFL, in its statement, said there was "sufficient credible evidence" that Hardy violated NFL policies.

This is a passage from the NFL's announcement:

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.”

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PostSubject: Re: NFL drops hammer on Greg Hardy, suspends him 10 games without pay   Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:39 pm

wonder what the league saw in those photos

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PostSubject: Re: NFL drops hammer on Greg Hardy, suspends him 10 games without pay   Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:45 pm

@Vis wrote:
wonder what the league saw in those photos


Greg Hardy wearing a James Harrison Steelers jersey?

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PostSubject: Re: NFL drops hammer on Greg Hardy, suspends him 10 games without pay   Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:31 pm

NFL’s investigation found Greg Hardy’s explanations not credible


Greg Hardy managed to avoid any criminal penalties in connection with the domestic violence accusations leveled against him last year. But the NFL’s own investigation concluded that Hardy did commit an act of investigation and was dishonest when asked directly about it.

Jeff Pash, the NFL’s executive vice president and general counsel, said on Outside the Lines that the NFL (which was burned by the Ray Rice case) will no longer rely on the legal system. Instead, the NFL conducts its own investigations, and Pash said the league’s investigation found that Hardy committed “a significant act of violence.”

“This suspension was imposed after a lengthy and detailed independent investigation of the kind we really hadn’t done before,” Pash said. “We did an independent investigation, we didn’t rely simply on the record here.”

Pash also said Hardy and his representatives were given ample opportunity to give his side of the story, and that the NFL found Hardy had engaged in “a failure to be candid in the context of the investigation.”

“His explanations of the events that happened last May simply could not be reconciled with the testimony of other witnesses, with other objective evidence, or with, frankly, some of the variations in testimony over time from Mr. Hardy,” Pash said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the final call on the decision to suspend Hardy without pay for the first 10 games of the 2015 season. That’s a decision that Hardy will appeal, but that the NFL insists was made after the kind of thorough investigation that wasn’t conducted with Ray Rice.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/04/23/nfls-investigation-found-greg-hardys-explanations-not-credible/

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PostSubject: Re: NFL drops hammer on Greg Hardy, suspends him 10 games without pay   Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:42 pm

Since some may feel that the punishment is still too light, James Harrison will be suspended for six games to make the suspension an even season.

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