Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was released on bond Wednesday, and the alleged events that led to his arrest are disturbing.
Hardy, 25, was arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of assault on a female and communicating a threat against Nicole Holder, his girlfriend. CharlotteObserver.com obtained the arrest warrant, and Hardy allegedly threw Holder on the floor, into a bathtub, against a Futon, and choked her during an argument at his home.
The 6-foot-4, 290 pound defensive lineman, allegedly threatened to kill Holder, and threw her on a couch covered "in assault weapons and/or shotguns."
Here is a portion of CharlotteObserver.com's story:
She said he bragged that all of the assault weapons were loaded. As part of the assault, she said Hardy "threatened to shoot me if I went to the media or reported his assaults to anyone."
She said Hardy’s cache of 25-30 firearms includes “AK-47s, automatic-looking weapons, shotguns, rifles and pistols.”
The confrontation occurred during an early morning “after party” at Hardy’s high-rise residence in uptown Charlotte. District Judge Becky Thorne Tin noted in court Wednesday morning that both Hardy and Holder were intoxicated at the time.
According to Chris Fialko, Hardy’s attorney, those events did not occur. He told the judge Holder actually attacked Hardy, and one of the player's friends called 911 after Holder would not leave the home.
Hardy was released on $17,000 bond ($15,000 for the assault charge and $2,000 on the threat). He was also ordered to avoid any contact with Holder, a waitress at an EpiCentre restaurant Hardy had been dating since last September.
Prior to this arrest, Hardy was better known for recording 15 sacks last season and appearing in his first Pro Bowl. The Panthers placed their franchise tag on Hardy, which guarantees him $13.1 million this season.
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