Hardy was booked into Richardson City Jail, and he was reportedly released after posting $5,000 bond. He is currently a free agent, having been let go by the Cowboys in the spring following a turbulent season.
Hardy arrived in Dallas after playing just one game for the Panthers in the previous season, as he was placed on indefinite suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell while his domestic violence trial played out. Goodell eventually suspended Hardy for 10 games, but an independent arbiter reduced the punishment to four.
Hardy had been alleged by his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, to have picked her up over his head and slammed her onto a futon that was covered in semiautomatic rifles — weapons that he menacingly told her were loaded. Holder also claimed that Hardy threw her around his apartment, including onto a tiled bathroom floor, leaving marks all over her body, including where he had grabbed her neck. He was initially found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats, but he appealed that decision, and prosecutors dropped the case when Holder failed to appear in court, amid reports that the two had come to a settlement.
The 2013 Pro Bowler, who was drafted by Carolina in 2010, wasted little time causing controversy with his new team, telling reporters on his first day following his suspension that he was going to “come out guns blazing” against the Cowboys’ next opponent, the Patriots. Hardy also made suggestive comments about Tom Brady’s wife, model Gisele Bundchen, and her sister.
Hardy went on to have heated sideline confrontations with Dallas teammates, including wide receiver Dez Bryant, arrived late for a practice and reportedly caused concern by the team that he “partied a lot during the season.” He was not re-signed by the Cowboys when the season ended, and at this point, it’s hard to imagine another team taking a chance on Hardy anytime soon.