Newly released police evidence photos show the physical damage Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy caused to his ex-girlfriend in a 2014 attack.
The assault on Hardy’s ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, took place in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Hardy played for the Carolina Panthers.
Hardy, who is 6-foot-4 and 278 pounds, was convicted in a bench trial, but charges were dropped when Hardy appealed for a jury trial and Holder did not testify, reported NY Daily News. Charges were later erased from Hardy’s criminal record.
Court documents obtained by Deadspin show that the couple’s two-year relationship was filled with abuse.
The abuse, which regularly turned physical, ended on May 13, 2014, when Holder fled Hardy’s apartment in downtown Charlotte. According to reports, she ran through the streets barefoot, sobbing. A police officer spotted her running and stopped her to ask why she was crying.
“It doesn’t matter,” Holder told Officer Jeffrey Kendrick. “Nothing is going to happen to him.”
Police evidence photos taken within 24 hours of the assault reveal the severity of Holder’s injuries. In the photos, Holder is shown to have abrasions, welts, cuts, and bruises all over her body, including her shoulders, face, neck, back, arms, and feet.
According to reports, Holder says that Hardy threw her against a tile wall, then onto a futon. He allegedly choked her until she begged him to “kill me so I don’t have to.”
She told police that Hardy “looked so crazy” and told her, “I should kill you.”
Hardy claimed that he was attacked by Holder. Two photos of the 48 released to Deadspin show small injuries on his face, which are hard to distinguish.
According to NY Daily News, ESPN said the NFL and the NFL Players Association were shown seven photos of Holder’s injuries while they considered Hardy’s discipline.
The Dallas Cowboys had reportedly not seen the photos before they signed Hardy, though they did voice their support for him.
“We have given Greg a second chance,” Jerry Jones, owner of the Cowboys, said in a statement. “He is a member of our team and someone who is grateful for the opportunity he has been given to move forward with his life and his career.”
Hardy declined to comment when he was approached by reporters on Nov. 6.
When the defensive end was arrested, Hardy was forced to turn over 10 guns, including several semi-automatic, assault-style rifles and shotguns. Some of the guns were reportedly on the futon as Hardy choked Holder.
Following his conviction, Hardy spent most of the 2014 season on the commissioner’s exempt list. This allowed him to continue to collect his $770,000 weekly salary while his legal issues were sorted out, reported NY Daily News.