Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy's trial for charges that he beat up his ex-girlfriend will begin today in Charlotte, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
The charges stem from an incident in May at his Charlotte condo where Nicole Holder alleges Hardy beat her up because of her relationship with rapper Nelly. Person detailed Holder's allegations against Hardy:
She accused Hardy, 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, of throwing her to the floor and into a bathtub, strangling her, slamming her into a futon that was covered with guns, and threatening to shoot her if she told anyone about the fight.
Hardy responded to the allegations by claiming Holder hit him with a shoe and refused to leave his condo. Hardy faces charges of communicating threats and assaulting a female. If he is found guilty of assault, he faces up to 60 days in jail.
Hardy had 15 sacks for the Panthers last season. The team placed the franchise tag on him, which will pay him more than $13 million this coming season. Per NFL policy, any punishment from the league will be given out after the conclusion of the legal process.
- Paul Palladino