Just when their fans had started to feel down about there hopes for the 2015 season, the Dallas Cowboys may have just been handed a very big boost.
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 was handed a brutal 10 game ban by Roger Goodell and the National Football League, which would have seriously harmed the Cowboys chances, but there could be some light at the end of the tunnel.
According to a report from ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Hardy - who appealed his ban almost immediately after it was handed down - has a chance to get his ban reduced significantly.
The NFL's statement about their decision to ban Hardy 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.”
The Cowboys signed Hardy about a month ago on a deal that basically equated into a sort of pay-as-you-play contract to try and counter any potential suspension. Hardy's one-year deal is worth a max of $13million and the former Panthers star will certainly be making nowhere near that amount.
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