Greg Hardy’s girlfriend claims that the Carolina Panthers defensive end’s jealousy over her “short-lived” relationship with rapper Nelly caused the domestic violence incident that resulted in his arrest.
In court documents, Nicole Holder, Hardy’s 24-year-old girlfriend, said the Panthers star “has been angry for a while” that she once had a relationship with Nelly. “The victim advised the defendant has been very upset about this since March and often becomes suddenly very angry,” the documents said, according to ESPN.
Holder told authorities that she and Hardy had been drinking on Monday night when they returned to the football player’s home, the documents added, via the Charlotte Observer. They were lying in bed together when Hardy “just snapped.” Holder claims that Hardy threw her to the ground, into a bathtub and onto a futon.
According to the documents, Hardy and Holder broke up in March. The couple had been trying to reconcile as of late, but Holder’s relationship with Nelly was responsible for ongoing tension between the pair.
On Thursday, Holder filed a request for a restraining order against Hardy, which contained further information on her version of the events that transpired during Monday’s domestic violence incident.
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"Hardy picked me up and threw me into the tile tub area in his bathroom," Holder’s complaint said. "I have bruises from head to toe, including my head, neck, back, shoulders, arms, legs, elbow and feet. Hardy pulled me from the tub by my hair, screaming at me that he was going to kill me, break my arms and other threats that I completely believe. He drug me across the bathroom and out into the bedroom. Hardy choked me with both hands around my throat while I was lying on the floor. Hardy picked me up over his head and threw me onto a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns. I landed on those weapons."
Meanwhile, Hardy’s attorney, Chris Fialko, insists that his client did not instigate the violence. On Wednesday, authorities released tapes of 911 calls Hardy made on the night of the incident. In the recordings, Hardy claims that Holder was intoxicated and violent.
“Like, yo, she’s out of it, my man,” Hardy said during the call. “And she will not stop coming at me, bro.”
On Thursday, District Court Judge Charlotte Brown dismissed Holder’s request after she failed to show up in court. In the wake of that decision, Holder’s attorney, Stephen Goodwin, withdrew from the case, citing irreconcilable differences with his client. The Charlotte Observer notes that Goodwin was seen “shaking his head” after Brown’s dismissal, but would not elaborate on his dispute with Holder.
Hardy was released from jail on Wednesday on $15,000 bond for assault charges and $2,000 for making threats, ESPN reports. He was also ordered to attend three Alcohol Anonymous classes and to avoid contact with Holder.
In a separate ruling on Thursday, Mecklenburg County District Court Judge Rebecca Throne Tin told Hardy to surrender his collection of firearms as an added condition of his bond.