Greg Hardy's girlfriend: "He was gonna kill me"

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Greg Hardy plays a game where violence is practically glorified, and his role in this game is to hit, and hit hard. This violence and frustration is usually taken out on the field, but Hardy found himself one night taking it out on his girlfriend, Nicole Holder. Stuck in a pattern of abuse and inferiority to the pro NFL star, she lost hope one night when Hardy took it too far.

Deadspin recently released a piece that told the story from Holder's perspective, which just shows how far the incident was taken. The article, which contains pictures of Holder's injuries sustained from the incident and exclusive Snapchat pictures of assault rifles (10 were seized that night, according to Deadspin) that were in Hardy's house, goes into detail about all that happened that fateful night.

Drinking was heavy, and the group–in retrospect–should not have drank that much. After a night of hard partying, Holder found herself alone with Hardy in her bed, where he started to reminisce on the past, and things he was upset with her about. He called her "slut" and said that she had ruined their relationship. Hardy was holding onto the past hard, apparently, and liquid courage only helped him bring that up.


As she defended herself, Hardy only got more angry, and started to get violent, tossing her around. She tried to defend herself, but that's tough to do when facing off against a 6'4″, nearly 300 pound man. He pulled her around by her hair, tossing her like a rag doll onto his weapons.

She left the night with lots of physical bruises, but likely even more mental ones. She ran when the police came, and when they asked what had happened, she exclaimed that it didn't matter because, "nothing is going to happen to him anyways."

She's practically right. After the court system botched the case for the most part, the NFL did too, reducing a 10 game suspension to four. Hardy has been glorified by Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones who has said Hardy is a "leader" in the locker room despite his inappropriate comments about players' wives.

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Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) reacts in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) reacts in the first half of their NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy, right, signs autographs after an NFL football practice at their training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy runs a drill during an NFL football practice at their training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy, right, arrives with agent Drew Rosenhaus at the Mecklenburg County courthouse in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, July 15, 2014, for Hardy's domestic assault trial, . (AP Photo/Chuck Burton
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy runs onto the field at the start of an NFL football practice Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. The NFL is allowing two more NFL players to continue playing while facing domestic violence issues. Similar to the Ray Rice case, the league says it investigating and waiting for the legal process to run its course before taking action. Greg Hardy already has been convicted on two counts of domestic violence, but has filed an appeal. Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers also remains active while he is being investigated for abuse allegations. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
Carolina Panthers' defensive end Greg Hardy (76) returns a crate of Gatorade to the sidelines during an NFL football organized team activity in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Carolina Panthers NFL football defensive end Greg Hardy leaves the Mecklenburg County jail after being released on bond in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Hardy was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault on a female and communicating threats. (AP Photo)
This photo provided by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department shows Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy after his arrest in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Hardy was arrested for assault on a female and communicating threats, according to Charlotte Mecklenburg police. Hardy turned himself into Mecklenburg County police on Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy waves to a fan during NFL football practice at training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy, right, tries to get past Amini Silatolu, center, as he scuffles with Byron Bell, rear left, during an NFL football training camp practice in Spartanburg, S.C., Tuesday, July 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy, right, drives against Frank Alexander, left, during the NFL football team's minicamp practice in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The Panthers outspoken fourth-year player said Tuesday he plans to report to training camp on time and play this season even if he doesn't get a new contract from the Panthers. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is sacked by Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) and Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Carolina Panthers defensive end, Greg Hardy faces reporter's microphones, tape recorders and questions as he joins teammates in clearing out the locker room for the final time this season in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy smiles at fans as he arrives for an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Hardy has been convicted on two counts of domestic violence and is still playing. Though he has already been found guilty, the league is sticking by its policy to wait until the appeal process has been heard before making any decision on a possible suspension. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers watches from the bench during the fourth quarter of a loss to the Buffalo Bills at Bank of America Stadium on August 8, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Buffalo won 20-18. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy walks into the Mecklenburg County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C. Hardy is scheduled to be in court to face charges that he beat up his ex-girlfriend during an altercation at his residence in May. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy walks into the Mecklenburg County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C. Hardy is scheduled to be in court to face charges that he beat up his ex-girlfriend during an altercation at his residence in May. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 12: Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers runs onto the field during player introductions against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 15: Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers against the New York Jets during play at Bank of America Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 30-20. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy waves to fans as he arrives for an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Hardy has been convicted on two counts of domestic violence and is still playing. Though he has already been found guilty, the league is sticking by its policy to wait until the appeal process has been heard before making any decision on a possible suspension. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 15: Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers against the New York Jets during play at Bank of America Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 30-20. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 28: Defensive lineman Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers looks on from the sideline during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on August 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Panthers defeated the Steelers 10-0. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints is sacked by Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 12: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after a play against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Greg Hardy (76) of the Carolina Panthers sacks Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots during first-quarter action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 22: Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) and St. Louis Rams guard Harvey Dahl (62) get into a skirmish during fourth-quarter action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, October 20, 2013. Panthers won, 30-15. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 09: Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers against the Chicago Bears during a preseason NFL game at Bank of America Stadium on August 9, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 24-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy, right, pressures Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles into an interception during the first half in preseason action at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, August 15, 2013. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy laughs with a young fan as the team signs autographs for military members and families after Cowboys' arrival at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu for training camp in Oxnard, Calif., on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy looks on during an NFL football organized team activity, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
FILE - This is a 2015, file photo showing Greg Hardy of the Dallas Cowboys NFL football team. Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy's suspension for his role in a domestic violence case has been reduced from 10 games to four. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy announced arbitrator Harold Henderson's decision Friday, July 10, 2015. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2015, file photo, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) talks with teammates on the sideline during a preseason NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Arlington, Texas. Several teams will be missing key players when the NFL season kicks off this weekend. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)
Carolina Panthers' Wes Horton runs a drill during NFL football minicamp in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The Panthers will rely on a young rotation of defensive ends to replace Greg Hardy, who was not re-signed this offseason as a free agent after the former Pro Bowl selection missed most of last season while dealing with a domestic abuse case. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 11: Defensive end Greg Hardy #76 of the Dallas Cowboys on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at AT&T Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Hardy has also questioned authority, pushing and shoving a Cowboys coach after getting into a disagreement with him during the game.

That night won't soon be forgotten by Holder, but it seems as if Hardy has not learned his lesson, and that's partially due to the NFL not taking the situation seriously. The domestic violence issue just keeps getting bigger, and Holder likely hopes that the league starts taking more action with cases like this.

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