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NFLPA May Sue League Over Greg Hardy’s Suspension


The NFL Players Association plans on appealing the 10-game suspension levied down by Commissioner Roger Goodell on former Panthers, and current Dallas Cowboys defensive end, Greg Hardy. The NFLPA feels very strongly about defending the integrity of the players from the seemingly arbitrary punishment’s handed down by Goodell. They have already successfully appealed the suspension of Adrian Peterson, for child abuse charges, and that was overturned in February.

“The NFL has been overturned twice by judges for retroactively applying their conduct policy,” the NFLPA said in a statement released Thursday. “Every time the NFL decides to make something up, we are obligated to hold them accountable to the collective bargaining agreement.”

The NFL spent two months of in-depth investigation into all of the facts of the Hardy case to determine how severe the penalties would be. The NFL deduced that Hardy did indeed use physical force on his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder. Hardy was convicted on domestic charges in a bench trial, by a North Carolina judge, but Hardy eventually appealed and the case was dropped due to the court not being able to find Holder. Hardy and Holder have reportedly reached a financial settlement.

At issue for the NFLPA is that the NFL didn’t mention domestic violence at all in its reprimand of Hardy nor seemingly apply the penalties already in the collective bargaining agreement. It also cited Hardy for multiple incidents rather than one incident. Under the new personal conduct policy, a player’s first offense is a six-game suspension. The old policy was a two-game suspension, writes Hill.