Panthers DE Greg Hardy is a free man, thanks in no small part to the absence of his ex-girlfriend at his domestic violence trial.
It has been revealed that the prosecution in the domestic violence case against Greg Hardy were unable to find Hardy’s accuser, as she was deliberately avoiding them.
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Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reported that Nicole Holder, Hardy’s ex-girlfriend who made the accusation, has made herself impossible to get hold of over the last few months, going on expensive shopping trips and taking vacations to Colorado and New York City. Holder did not appear at Hardy’s domestic violence case on Monday, so the suit against Hardy was dismissed.
“For the past several months, the alleged victim, Nicole Holder, has made herself completely unavailable to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office for the purpose of preparing for trial,” read a statement by the district attorney’s office in the Charlotte Observer. “The District Attorney’s office has collaborated with numerous law enforcement agencies around the State and taken extraordinary measures to locate Ms. Holder and serve her with a subpoena to appear for court.”
Indications are that Hardy reached some sort of civil settlement with Holder prior to the trial. And with a full $13.1 million salary from the Carolina Panthers, which he earned in full despite playing only one game in 2014, Hardy would have had more than enough cash on hand to make a very generous agreement with his ex.
The end of Hardy’s legal case means that he will be free to sign with any NFL team when free agency begins in March. Hardy was a Pro Bowler in 2013, and at 26-years-old, is in the prime of his career.