Panthers' Greg Hardy arrested on domestic abuse charge

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and...

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and communicating threats charges Tuesday. (AFP)

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Bond was set at $17,000 Wednesday morning for Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, who was also ordered by a judge to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence and communicating threats charges Tuesday.

The warrant in the case alleges Hardy threw the 24-year-old woman to the floor and bathtub and strangled her.

Hardy was released Wednesday.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) police, the alleged incident involving Hardy's girlfriend occurred early Tuesday morning. Police responded to a call at 4:18 a.m. ET and the alleged victim said she was physically assaulted and threatened by Hardy.

Hardy claims he called 911 when the alleged victim would not leave. The woman identified as Nicole Holder said she had been drinking before the incident and has been in a relationship with Hardy since September 2013.

"Hardy picked me up and threw me into the tile tub area in his bathroom," the formal complaint reads. "I have bruises from head to toe, including my head, neck, back, shoulders, arms, legs, elbow and feet. Hardy pulled me from the tub by my hair, screaming at me that he was going to kill me, break my arms and other threats that I completely believe.

"He drug me across the bathroom and out into the bedroom. Hardy choked me with both hands around my throat while I was lying on the floor. 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."

Holder alleged that Hardy had 25 to 30 firearms in his apartment and that he "threatened to shoot me if I went to the media or reported his assaults to anyone."

Hardy made no comment Wednesday, leaving the jail in a black tanktop and dark sunglasses without speaking to reporters.

"We are very disappointed to learn of the allegations involving Greg and are concerned for all parties as we continue to investigate," the Panthers said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.

Hardy, selected by the Panthers in the sixth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft, signed a franchise tag tender in March that would be worth $13.1 million for the 2014 season if the team is unable to sign him to a long-term extension before July 15.

The 25-year-old Hardy played in all 16 regular-season games for the Panthers last season and finished with 59 tackles and a team-record 15 sacks. In the past two seasons, Hardy has accounted for 26 sacks.


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