A timeline of events related to misdemeanor communicating threats and assaulting a female charges against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy:
March 4: Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy signs a franchise tag tender, a designation under the collective bargaining agreement that allows teams to retain their top players. It guarantees him $13.1 million for the 2014 season.
May 13: Police responded to a call around 4:18 a.m. at Ivey’s, an upscale condominium building in the 100 block of North Tryon Street. Nicole Holder, 24, tells police Hardy, 25, physically assaulted and threatened her, Hardy is arrested on two misdemeanor charges that afternoon. The 911 calls give conflicting accounts.
May 15: Mecklenburg County District Court Judge Becky Thorne Tin orders Hardy to surrender all of his firearms as an added condition of his bond, but declines to issue a restraining order against him, as requested by Holder.
June 24: Hardy’s bench trial, scheduled for June 27, is postponed to July 15 because of the large number of cases on the day’s docket.
July 15: After a 10-hour bench trial full of explosive testimony, Hardy is convicted on misdemeanor charges of communicating threats and assaulting a female by District Judge Becky Thorne Tin. Hardy’s attorney, Chris Fialko, immediately appeals and asks for a jury trial. As the trial continues, the league’s 4 p.m. deadline for the team to reach a long-term deal with Hardy passes.
July 24: The Panthers say they are disappointed in Hardy’s action but that any discipline from the team or the league will wait until after Hardy’s jury trial.
July 28: Hardy addresses the media at the team’s training camp in Spartanburg, saying “I hate that I have distracted my team.”
Aug. 4: Hardy’s jury trial is scheduled for Nov. 17.
Sept. 7: Hardy plays in the Carolina Panthers season opener at Tampa Bay, recording four tackles and a sack.
Sept. 8: Video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his wife in an Atlantic City, N.J., elevator surfaces on the website TMZ.com, and the NFL suspends Rice indefinitely.
Sept. 10: Hardy misses a Panthers practice to meet with his lawyer. Later that night, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson gives an emotional speech in Charlotte, insisting he is “firmly against domestic violence.”
Sept. 14: The Panthers deactivate Hardy for the home opener against the Detroit Lions, with Panthers coach Ron Rivera saying it was his decision and that “the climate has changed.”
Sept. 17: Hardy is placed on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list, a suspension list reserved for “unusual circumstances,” meaning he is suspended with pay, while his legal situation is considered.
Oct. 30: A source close to Hardy says the trial will be postponed until after the season, but a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office says it is still on the docket for Nov. 17.
Oct. 31: Rivera says Hardy should be allowed to play after missing seven games.
Nov. 4: Hardy’s court date is pushed back from Nov. 17 into 2015, ending his hopes of playing again during the 2014 season.
Jan. 11: Hardy leaves a note scribbled on a dry-erase board in the Panthers’ locker room for teammates to find when they returned from season-ending playoff loss to Seattle.
Jan. 12: Jury trial for Hardy scheduled for Feb. 9.
Feb. 9: The domestic violence case against Hardy unravels when Holder fails to show up for the jury trial. Charges against Hardy are dropped.
Feb. 13: NFL files a motion seeking evidence from the court file from Hardy’s July 2014 bench trial.
Feb. 16: Hardy’s lawyer files motion asking that NFL not be given evidence from the bench trial. A judge signs the order.
Feb. 26: Source tells The Observer that Hardy will seek immediate reinstatement after a judge rules that suspension of Adrian Peterson should end.
March 4: Hardy scheduled to meet with NFL officials about his case.
March 18: Hardy signs $11.3 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys.