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Breaking News: Carolina Panthers' DE Greg Hardy Found Guilty

Judge Becky Thorne Tin has found Carolina Panthers’ defensive end Greg Hardy guilty of domestic violence and communicating threats, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg courtroom went into extended hours because the judge wanted to finalize this case today, rather than continue the publicity, and any further drama.  The day started at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and the verdict came down  shortly after 9 p.m EDT.

Hardy’s interaction with his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder on the night of May 13th is the point of contention.  After a night of partying at an Uptown club, the two headed back to Hardy’s apartment where things got heated and blurry.

After delaying her approach to the stand today, Holder eventually stepped forward to give her account of the events that transpired that night.  According to The Observer article  she painted Hardy out to be a jealous athlete who wanted to harm her.  She spoke about his envious argument about Holder’s previous relationship with musician, Nelly and how he had a bedroom full of guns.

“He looked me in my eyes and he told me he was going to kill me.”  -Nicole Holder

Hardy took the stand to defend the charges and told a completely different story.  His version of that evening involved Holder holding a grudge over a break-up that occurred during the Pro-Bowl.  He also stated that she inflicted her own bodily harm, which led to her injuries.  Hardy’s attorney described Holder’s demeanor on that night as being fueled by cocaine and alcohol.

Regardless of went down at Hardy’s condo on that ill-fated night, Hardy was sentenced to a 60-day suspended sentence, and 18 months of supervision while he completes his court-ordered sentence in Charlotte.  It is unclear yet what the NFL sentence will be for Hardy, nor what the Carolina Panthers’ plan is, moving forward.  Hardy’s attorneys said they would appeal.

Kraken’s character coming out of Ole Miss was that of a player with all of the talent in the world, but had to keep his temper and mind focused on football.  It’s troubling that a player that means so much to this franchise, now has another occurrence of “off-the-field” drama.

Training Camp starts for the Panthers on July 26th.


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