Nicole Holder testified in court on Tuesday that she feared for her life when the alleged incident occured back in May. (Tweets from Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones and Big Blue Review's Bill Voth.)
"He looked me in my eyes and he told me he was going to kill me. I had never been so scared in my life."— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) July 15, 2014
The prosecution is trying to paint a case where Hardy was the aggressor, even though he was the one who called police saying that she — not he — was the belligerant one in the incident.
Prosecutor submits as evidence 14 pictures that show Holder’s injuries on her chest, neck, wrist, elbow, arm, hand, shoulder, back & feet.— Black & Blue Review (@BlackBlueReview) July 15, 2014
How did they get there? She said Hardy threw her into the wall, tore a piece of jewelry off her and slammed her hand with the toilet seat. And then came a few more hammerblows in Holder's testimony that don't portray Hardy well.
"I was so scared I wanted to die. When he loosened his grip slightly I said just do it. Kill me."— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) July 15, 2014
"I had accepted at that point that I was probably going to get killed."— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) July 15, 2014
Why Holder didn't give statement at scene: "I assumed high profile people get away with things ... He's Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers"— Black & Blue Review (@BlackBlueReview) July 15, 2014
As if it's not obvious, this is bad. There is much of the case left to be completed, but the horror of these accusations is going to be tough for Hardy to overcome.
If you're the Panthers — who placed the franchise tag on Hardy, which he immediately signed the one-year, $13 million tender on — how do you feel right now? If convicted, Hardy could face up to 60 days in jail for domestic violence charges. But beyond that, the Panthers and the NFL could — and most certainly will, if he's convicted — bring down a suspension for violating the league's personal conduct rule.
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