As the NFL sees it, Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy committed in an act of domestic violence in 2014. As the state of North Carolina sees it, Hardy did nothing at all.
The domestic violence charges filed last year against Hardy have been expunged.
Hardy had been charged with communicating threats and assault on a female following an altercation with Nicole Holder. A judge found Hardy guilty at a bench trial, which many people presumed was the same as an official finding of guilt.
It wasn’t. North Carolina law gave Hardy a trial before a judge before he received a trial before a jury. And before that Hardy reportedly reached a civil settlement with Holder. This must have prompted her to not show up for the jury trial.
She could have shown up at the jury trial, testified against Hardy, and then sued him separately. She didn’t, which ended the case against Hardy.
With all of the attention from the media, everyone knows Hardy did something. But the expungement of the charges will help him if/when he gets into trouble in the future, since what otherwise would have been a prior offense will no longer be.