Greg Hardy was accused of assaulting his former girlfriend Nicole Holder. Hardy spent most of last season on the commissioner’s Exempt List. On March 4, the League conducted a confidential hearing in this regard.
At the hearing, Hardy’s attorney was given the license to produce his representation. Making the most of the opportunity, he used the sex lives of Holder and Kristina Laurence, the prime witness of the incident, to prove his point and question their credibility. According to him, Holder slipped and hurt herself, and the judge at Hardy’s bench trial was allegedly biased against his client.
NFL executives and lawyers present in the room gave cursory testing and pushback to such claims. Senior Vice President Adolpho Birch, Senior Labor Relations Counsel Kevin Manara, Executive Vice President Jeffrey Pash, and former senior advisor Lisa Friel, Vice President, attended the hearing on NFL’s behalf. NFL hired Friel, a former Manhatten Chief Sex Crime Prosecutor, to resolve the case.
Frank Maister and NFLPA associate general counsel Heather McPhee represented Hardy’s case. A 126-page report on Hardy’s hearing was published.
“Hardy threw me into the bathroom, I hit the back of the shower wall and fell into the bathtub where he pulled me out,” according to Holder’s version.
The charges were eventually dismissed, and things went to Hardy’s favor when Holder opted against taking part in the appeal. As a result of the prolonged hearing, Roger Goodell slapped Hardy with a 10-match ban and reinstated the player in the League.