The appeal of Greg Hardy’s 2014 domestic violence conviction was scheduled to begin today, but his accuser, ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, failed to show up at the courthouse. As a result, the charges against Hardy were dropped.
In a statement explaining the decision to dismiss charges, the district attorney’s office said it has “reliable information” that Holder and Hardy have reached a civil settlement and that she has “intentionally made herself unavailable to the State.”
“Without her testimony, in this particular instance, the State could not proceed,” the district attorney’s office said.
Hardy played in only one game last season before being placed on the seldom-used Commissioner’s Exempt List, but did receive the $13.1M that accompanied being tagged as the Panther’s franchise player.
Hardy is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, yet it’s unclear if Carolina will attempt to re-sign the talented defensive end. If the conviction was upheld, Hardy could have been subject to a six-game suspension under Commissioner Roger Goodell’s hardened stance on domestic violence following the Ray Rice ordeal.
League spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email Monday to The Associated Press that Hardy remains on the commissioner’s exempt list.
“His status remains unchanged until we fully review the matter,” Aiello said in the email.
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