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 this year.
May 13: Police responded to a call around 4:18 a.m. at Ivey’s, a condominium building in the 100 block of North Tryon Street. Nicole Holder, 24, tells police Hardy, then 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 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 Panthers’ season opener at Tampa Bay, recording four tackles and a sack.
Sept. 8: Video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee 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 if the trial is postponed, Hardy should be allowed to play after missing eight games, including seven while on the exempt list.