Hardy to face judge for assault charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will go before a Mecklenburg County judge today for his May 13 arrest for allegedly assaulting and threatening to kill his former girlfriend.

The 2013 Pro Bowl selection originally was scheduled for a bench trial on June 27, but that was moved due to a large number of cases that day.

He could face up to 60 days in jail if convicted on the domestic violence charge. The Panthers report to Charlotte on the 24th and to training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on the 26th.

The Panthers and the NFL have declined to comment on potential punishment for Hardy until after the legal process has concluded.

Nicole Holder, with whom Hardy had a relationship for six months prior to the incident, accused Hardy of assaulting her and threatening to kill her during an "after party" at Hardy's uptown residence.

Holder told police the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Hardy threw her on the floor and into a bathroom and slammed her into a futon covered with guns. She said Hardy threatened to shoot her if she told anyone what happened.

According to the police report, Holder said Hardy was upset about her brief relationship with the rapper Nelly.

Hardy's attorney, Chris Fialko, told the judge during Hardy's bond hearing that Holder attacked Hardy.

Both Holder and Hardy are expected to be in court today.

In the complaint, Holder accused Hardy of having 25-30 firearms in the condominium. Hardy turned over 10 guns, including at least six semi-automatic rifles, to police a few days after the incident when a request for him to do so was added to the arrest warrant.

In a protective order complaint Holder said Hardy choked her with both hands around her throat during the incident.

"Hardy picked me up over his head and threw me onto a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns. I landed on those weapons," she said in the report. "Hardy bragged that all of those assault rifles were loaded. Landing on those weapons bruised my neck and back. Hardy screamed for his administrative assistant [Sammy Curtis] to come into the room and hold me down.

"Curtis came into the room, grabbed me from behind and held me down. Hardy and Curtis then took me into the living room area. I wasn't nearly strong or fast enough to escape.

"I begged them to let me go and I wouldn't tell anyone what he did. They took me out into the hall, pushed me down and went back inside his apartment. I crawled to the elevator and ran into CMPD."

Hardy claimed in 911 tapes that he was attempting to keep Holder out of his condo and that she was the aggressor.

Carolina management said prior to this incident that they hoped to sign Hardy to a long-term deal. The team already had placed the franchise tag on its 2013 sack leader, guaranteeing him $13.1 million this season.

The team has until today to get a long-term deal done, which seems unlikely at this point.

Hardy has not commented on the incident. His representatives said he would not do so until the legal proceedings were completed.