The Dallas Cowboys gambled last month when they signed Greg Hardy to a one-year, $11.3 million contract. And now that gamble might come back to bite them.
That's because, according to ESPN, the NFL will be allowed to review seven photographs that were submitted as evidence in the star defensive end's domestic violence case. The league, Players Association, Hardy and Hardy's attorney will all review photos of injuries to the player's ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, to see if he should be disciplined for violating the league's personal conduct policy. He could be suspended six games due to violating the policy.
"We are trying to get as many facts as we possibly can to make the most informed decision we can so that we can uphold standards that we put forward in our personal conduct policy," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN last week during the league's owners' meeting. "So I expect that that will conclude sometime in the near future and we'll make a decision shortly after."
A Mecklenburg County judge found Hardy, 26, guilty of assaulting and threatening Holder in May 2014, but the fact that he asked for a jury trial delayed the process. Eventually the jury trial was scheduled for Feb. 9, but never took place because Holder didn't cooperate in the investigation after allegedly receiving a cash settlement from Hardy.
This allowed Hardy to seemingly be free and sign with another team, which he did last month by inking a one-year deal with the Cowboys. After the highly publicized Ray Rice domestic violence incident surfaced and the Baltimore Ravens cut their star running back, the Carolina Panthers deactivated Hardy a week later in September. Placed on the commissioner's exempt list, where he remains today, Hardy only played one game last season.
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