Greg Hardy’ suspension has been reduced to four games by the NFL. The league initially suspended the Dallas Cowboys defensive end in April for 10 games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Hardy was accused of assaulting former girlfriend Nicole Holder. The charges eventually were dismissed after Holder refused to cooperate with investigators.
Hardy, who signed with the Cowboys in the 2015 offseason, was found guilty in July 2014 by a judge of assaulting Holder and threatening to kill her. He received a 60-day suspended sentence and 18 months probation but decided to appeal and seek a jury trial. The case was dismissed in February because Holder refused to cooperate with prosecutors.
"What's very, very sad is that nothing has come out of the NFL that indicates a real commitment to ending the violence against women problem that they have in the NFL," National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill told ESPN after the news of the reduction of Hardy’s suspension.
"The only thing that comes out of the leadership of the NFL is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys is thrilled to have a talented athlete on the field and says nothing about the victim of the domestic violence. I think that it's very sad to me. It's pushing football way down the wrong path."
Hardy played for the Carolina Panthers 2010-14. He was one of the most promising defensive ends in the league, making the NFL Pro Bowl in 2013. For his five-year NFL career, Hardy has accumulated 204 tackles, 34 sacks and seven forced fumbles.