Greg Hardy’s Suspension For Domestic Violence Massively Reduced For Some Reason
New Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy, who sat out in the entire 2014-15 NFL season on the commissioner's exempt list, has successfully gotten his 10-game suspension for this year reduced to four games.
Breaking: Greg Hardy's suspension has been reduced from 10 games to 4, per NFL spokesman
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) July 10, 2015
Hardy sat out his last year with the Panthers due to his conviction in a domestic violence case against an ex-girlfriend -- a conviction that was later overturned by a jury after Nicole Holder failed to show up and testify again. He may be exonerated in the eyes of the law, but most people don't see it that way, and felt a 10-game suspension was at least more satisfactory than the two-game ban originally placed on Ray Rice, who will likely never see an NFL field again.
The NFL's new policy for domestic violence is an automatic six-game suspension. Hardy and his team wanted a two-game suspension, since his assault took place before the NFL enacted their new standards. As if Hardy would have acted differently had he known he's be banned by the NFL for at least four more games.
Why arbitrator Harold Henderson decided to reduce Hardy's suspension by 60 percent is unclear. But the fact that Hardy's suspension is now equal to Tom Brady's -- and thus, beating up a woman is equivalent to taking the air out of footballs -- is not lost on the thinking public:
Greg Hardy beating up a woman equally as awful as Tom Brady beating up a football, apparently
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) July 10, 2015
I eagerly await the results of Brady's appeal in light of this Greg Hardy suspension reduction.
— Jennifer Millman (@JMillmanRX) July 10, 2015
Outrage at the Greg Hardy suspension is appropriate, but surprise just means you haven't been paying attention. #NFL
— Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) July 10, 2015
Ed Werder of ESPN called the reduction "amazing" and "a rebuke of Roger Goodell's initial punishment":
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