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Greg Hardy’s 10-Game Suspension Could Be Reduced To 2-6 Games?

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that some smart people around the league believe Cowboys DE Greg Hardy could get his 10-game suspension reduced to between two to six games following his appeal.

The NFL announced Hardy’s 10-game suspension on Wednesday for his involvement in a domestic abuse case that was eventually settled out of court, but it didn’t take long for him to file an appeal with the NFLPA.

“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 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.”

According to the release provided by the NFL, their investigation concluded that Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances.

In the event Hardy’s suspension stands, he stands to make $1.3 million in workout bonuses, a $750,000 base salary, and $3.468 million in roster bonuses in 2015, according to Todd Archer.

Archer adds that Hardy’s incentive package likely won’t be in play for him, considering that he would make $500,000 for eight sacks, $1 million for 10 sacks, $1.4 million for 12 sacks, and $1.8 million for 14 sacks.

Hardy, 26, signed a one-year contract worth $11.3 million with the Cowboys that includes weekly bonuses as a way to protect the team in the event he was suspended for this incident.

Last year, Hardy wound up appearing in just one game and recorded four tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble before he was placed on the commissioners expect list.

The Panthers used their franchise tag on the defensive end on him back in 2014, which paid him a salary of $13.116 million for the 2014 season.

We’ll have more regarding Hardy and his suspension as the news is available.

  • Stacy21007

    I certainly do not condone any domestic Violence (DV) But with that said, It does not matter if she reached a settlement with Hardy. The fact or facts remain: 1. The charges were dropped. 2. The NFL did not interview her. 3. I am sure that Hardy went too far in restraining her or trying to get her out of his apartment, and I am sure he realizes that. 4. But she was also the original aggressor, and she is the one that has not made herself available. 5. Because the NFL has not interviewed her they cannot put the blame on Hardy one hundred percent, as they were not there and have no way to verify if what she said was the only story and so it does not make Hardy one hundred percent culpable. 6. They are going outside the scope of what was in play at the time the incident happened, therefore they are wrong to double back and give the discipline that does not apply. 7. Hardy has appealed, and any of us that were being disciplined or charged would expect our Union or Attorney to do all they could to apply the law as it was at the time, not after it was changed to fit something that happened under the old law.

    CONCLUSION: I agree that there is no place for DV or other serious offenses in the NFL or any other work place, but I still think that Goodell is trying to come out looking good after bungling the Rice case, and the suspension should be reduced to the 2 games it would have been if they were being fair. Goodell should save all the time and money and just tell us all that the negotiated rules are what he had to go by, but in the future, there will be no more mercy!

    • Martin Wright

      Nicely stated.

  • Gary Grinch

    At one point I was hoping he would have signed with the Raiders. But after reading the details of what he did and on more than one occasion. I’m glad that Mark Davis and Reggie didn’t even attempt to sign him. He should be banned from playing in the NFL period.

    • Fred

      where can i get those details? you were for it, now against it based on an one sided story

      • Gary Grinch

        The details are all over the internet and from both sides. I was all for it but at the time I didn’t know the details (from both sides) The difference between he and Ray Rice is that was a one time thing and with Hardy it’s happened WAY more than one time.

        Seems to be a habit for him, anyone in the NFL that does such should be outright banned from the league (Let him go play in Canada). As I said, I didn’t really know the whole story and didn’t look into it until I started to wonder why Mark Davis wasn’t interested.

        There also was a recent story…

        http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/dallas-cowboys-greg-hardy-argument-davon-coleman-042415

        …that he got into a scuffle with a teammate at practice, and was called a “woman beater”…and with good reason.

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