A domestic violence complaint against Carolina Panthers star defensive end Greg Hardy characterizes him as a man in rage in an incident that led to him being arrested on misdemeanor charges of assault and communicating threats. But 911 tapes released by CMPD give conflicting accounts.
The complaint filed by 24-year-old Nicole Holder accuses Hardy of picking her up and throwing her into the bathtub early Tuesday morning at Hardy’s uptown apartment.
She says Hardy then pulled her from the tub by her hair, and dragged her into a bedroom while screaming that he was going to break her arms and kill her.
In a 911 call, Hardy tells a different story.
“She asked me to break her arm when I asked her to leave,” Hardy tells a 911 operator.
In Nicole Holder’s complaint, it says Hardy choked her with both hands while she was lying on a bedroom floor, and then threw her onto a couch covered with guns.
She says another man then helped Hardy carry her out of the apartment and left her in the hallway. That’s when Holder says she went to police.
But in his 911 call, Hardy says he not only wants her to leave, but that she’s keeping him from leaving. From the 911 recording:
"She’s at the door and won’t leave. We've been trying to get her to leave for an hour. I've asked her to leave a thousand times. She hit me in the face twice."
At times, Holder can be heard yelling in the background. Hardy says his manager is stopping her from attacking him.
“She's trying to come at me, bro. Don’t let her do it, bro," Hardy says, prompting the 911 operator to assure him that officers are on their way.
But another 911 caller seems to support Holder’s complaint.
“There is some girl getting her ass beat upstairs. I heard it, and I seen it,” says an unidentified woman.
She soon adds: “We need police here now before this girl gets seriously hurt.”
It appears she’s using the phone of a neighbor of Hardy's. He notes the woman looks intoxicated. That seems to be a common denominator in this case. In court Wednesday morning, the Charlotte Observer reported the judge noted that both Hardy and Holder were intoxicated.
Hardy, who turned himself in Tuesday afternoon, was released on $17,000 bond and ordered not to communicate with Holder. He also must attend some Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Hardy is scheduled to earn $13 million for the Panthers this season. The team released a one-sentence statement:
“We are very disappointed to learn of the allegations involving Greg and are concerned for all parties as we continue to investigate.”