The jury trial for Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has been scheduled for Nov. 17. Hardy is facing charges of domestic violence after an incident in May.
Hardy is facing charges of domestic violence after an incident in May at his Charlotte condo, in which his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder alleges Hardy beat her up because of her relationship with rapper Nelly.
After the alleged incident, Holder filed a restraining order against Hardy.
In July, Hardy was found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats. He was sentenced him to 18 months of probation, but appealed the decision.
The scheduled Nov. 17 trial date falls the day after the Panthers play the Atlanta Falcons at home, and during Carolina's bye week.
Hardy's attorney, Chris Fialko, via the Charlotte Observer:
“I believe the state will try other, much older cases at the November date, and we will be assigned a jury trial date in 2015 once that master court calendar is published,” Fialko said.
“I do not think this district attorney will leapfrog Mr. Hardy’s case over the many other older ones where defendants and accusers have been patiently waiting for trial.”
In his only public comments since the trial, Hardy told reporters on July 27 that he hates he has distracted the team.
A shoulder injury has kept Hardy out of practice for the past couple of days, but he is expected to play in the Panthers' preseason opener on Friday.
Hardy had 15 sacks and 65 combined tackles in 17 games for the Panthers last season. In the offseason, the team placed the franchise tag on him, which will pay him $13.1 million for the 2014-15 season.
- Sarah Barshop