Just when their fans had started getting there hopes up for the 2015 season, the Dallas Cowboys have been dealt a crushing blow from the National Football.
The Cowboys knew that they were taking a risk when they signed former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, who had been released following a messy domestic violence court case that ended with a rumoured settlement that stopped the case reaching court.
Hardy had yet to be punished by the NFL for the incident and the Cowboys risked a lot, knowing that their newest star could miss a portion of the season. Well all of the Cowboys worst fears have been realised.
According to a report from NFL.com, Roger Goodell and the National Football League have come down hard on Hardy, handing the sack master a brutal 10 game suspension without pay for his actions against his then girlfriend.
The decision comes after the league launched a two-month investigation into Hardy's domestic violence incident last year involving his ex, Nicole Holder. The report states that the league found sufficient evidence that Hardy engaged in conduct that violated NFL policies.
The NFL's statement about their decision went into great detail about the crimes committed by Hardy, with four instances of violence detailed by Hardy against Holder.
“First, he used physical force against her which caused her to land in a bathtub," the statement read. "Second, he used physical force against her which caused her to land on a futon that was covered with at least four semi-automatic rifles.
"Third, he used physical force against her by placing his hands around Ms. Holder’s neck and applying enough pressure to leave visible marks. And fourth, he used physical force to shove Ms. Holder against a wall in his apartment’s entry hallway," it continues.
The statement then goes on to document the injuries caused to Hardy's ex-girlfriend, which ranged from severe bruises and scratching to deep emotional trauma.
“The net effect of these acts was that Ms. Holder was severely traumatized and sustained a range of injuries, including bruises and scratches on her neck, shoulders, upper chest, back, arms and feet,” Commissioner Goodell wrote.
Goodell went on to decry the use of force by such a giant of a man against a defenceless woman.
“The use of physical force under the circumstances present here, against a woman substantially smaller than you and in the presence of powerful, military-style assault weapons, constitutes a significant act of violence in violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.”
It is being reported that Hardy will be appealing against the suspension.