Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty on assault charges in a North Carolina courtroom on Tuesday afternoon. Officially, Hardy was found guilty of communicating threats and assaulting a female.
However, Greg Hardy was not ordered to serve jail time. He receive a suspended sentence and was ordered to serve 18 months of probation. Even though he didn’t receive any jail time, Greg Hardy is not fine with the punishment.
According to CBSsportsline.com, Hardy is ready to appeal the sentence and this time he will be tried by a jury of his peers. It also states that Greg Hardy does not have to follow the probation sentence while his new trial date is set. It’s a North Carolina law.
The date has not been set yet, and it’s highly unlikely that he will have his day in court until after the 2014-15 season.
Hardy has a big season forthcoming, and he doesn’t need any distractions as the Panthers try to reach the Super Bowl for the second time in their history. He was given the franchise tag after last season and instead of working on a long term deal with the Panthers, he was in court dealing with a criminal case. Therefore, Greg Hardy will play with a $13.1 million price tag this season.
The alleged assault incident comes from a mid May night out with his girlfriend, Nicole Holder. A joyous night out at the club turned into a nightmare when Hardy threatened to kill her at the club.
According to Holder’s testimony, she stated, “He looked me in my eyes and told me he was going to kill me.” If that’s not weird enough, Holder stated during her testimony that she was so scared, she wanted to die. According to Charlotte Observer, Holders Stated, When he loosened his grip slightly, “I said just, Do it, Kill me.”
Nicole Holder also admitted to using cocaine on the night in question and stated that the fracas started due to a Nelly song coming on in the club. Apparently, Greg Hardy got mad at her because she had previously dated Nelly.
To make matters worse, Greg Hardy’s Range Rover was towed from the Mecklenburg County Courthouse due to an expired meter.
Tuesday's trial was presided over by District Court Judge Becky Thorne-Tin. The trial lasted roughly 10 hours according to various reports.
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