By: TaRon Richardson
LifeoftheDogs.com Reporter

Greg Hardy, NFL defensive end and former Carolina Panther, who currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys, has been in the media this past year. Hardy, who was drafted in the sixth round in 2010 by the Carolina Panthers, was a member of the team until being released after domestic violence allegations at the end of the 2014 season. He was charged and had to appear in court, but all charges were dropped after his then girlfriend, Nicole Holder, failed to show up in court. There were rumors that a settlement was agreed to.

hardy 1Hardy did not become a breakout star until he produced a team high and record 15 sacks in 2013, the first season in which he was a starter.

During the 2014 season, Hardy, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and Ray McDonald were all in the spotlight for different cases legal issues.  Ray Rice, Ray McDonald and Hardy all had domestic violence cases and Adrian Peterson had a case for child endangerment and child abuse.

Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and wasn’t reinstated. Both Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson were put on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s exempt list which allowed them to still be paid if playing. Ray McDonald was never suspended, but was released by the Chicago Bears during the offseason after another allegation surfaced.

Greg Hardy was suspended the first ten games of the 2015 season, but this was appealed and reduced to four games.

Hardy was signed to a one year, 11 million dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys.  Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, knew about the suspension when signing Hardy.

Jones stated, “We know the situation Greg is in, we believe he deserves a second chance.”

In mid November pictures were leaked on Deadspin which Nicole Holder had bruises which she saysHardy2 Greg gave her. After the pictures were released Hardy tweeted, “Just had to say I express my regret 4 what happened in past and I’m Dedicated to being the best person & teammate that I can be.”

The Cowboys decided not to take action because of these pictures, but this will likely be Hardy’s only season with the team.  Other off-the-field behaviors unrelated to the domestic violence charge may be the cause.

His season stats include 35 tackles, six sacks, and one interception.

Whether or not Greg Hardy really regrets his past behaviors is yet to be seen.