Roger Goodell missed badly on his last chance at taking a significant stance against domestic violence when it came to Ray Rice. He tried making sure it didn’t happen again with his punishment given to Greg Hardy.
Hardy–now a Dallas Cowboy–will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season for the role he played in a domestic violence incident with a woman named Nicole Holder in May of 2014.
Charges were dropped on February 9th, but the NFL felt it had enough evidence to fit the punishment.
The league said in a statement that the investigation “determined that there was sufficient credible evidence that Hardy engaged in conduct that violated NFL policies in multiple respects and with aggravating circumstances.”
The part of Holder’s story that has stood out the most was when Hardy forcefully shoved Holder onto a futon covered with at least four semi-automatic rifles.
Goodell wrote a letter to Hardy in which he wrote, “The use of physical force under the circumstances present here, against a woman substantially smaller than you and in the presence of powerful, military-style assault weapons, constitutes a significant act of violence in violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.”
At the time of the incident, Hardy, 26, was a member of the Carolina Panthers. He signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys this offseason that could’ve been worth up to $13.1 million, but much of that was part of the $9.25 million in per-game roster bonuses.