Greg Hardy, defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys, has now been suspended by Commissioner Roger Godell and the NFL for the first ten games of the upcoming 2015 NFL season. This decision comes after his domestic violence case was dismissed.
Greg Hardy of the Dallas Cowboys was notified today that he is suspended without pay for the team’s first 10 games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the league in violation of the NFL Constitution and By-Laws, the NFL Player Contract, and the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.
In a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell, Hardy was informed that an extensive two-month NFL investigation following the dismissal of his case in North Carolina state court determined that there was sufficient credible evidence that Hardy engaged in conduct that violated NFL policies in multiple respects and with aggravating circumstances.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released this statement about the decision (from Albert Breer of NFL Network):
“This suspension is something that we anticipated prior to Greg’s signing, and we respect the Commissioner’s ruling. Our organization understands the very serious nature of this matter. We will use our resources–work closely with Greg and with the league–to ensure a positive outcome.”
Reports are circulating that Hardy plans to appeal the suspension.
Hardy’s appeal during trial was postponed back in late October (awaiting the end of the NFL season), consequently the misdemeanor domestic violence charges were dropped because the alleged victim did not appear in court.
Domestic violence has been a recent big issue for the NFL after video of Ray Rice slamming his then fiancée, Janay Rice’s head on an elevator rail thus leaving her unconscious as he dragged her out . Commissioner Godell received heavy criticism after denying that he had ever seen the video before it went public.
Hopefully the amount of domestic violence in the league will decrease and ultimately cease and desist. These players are ruining their careers over this.
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