Greg Hardy’s time in the NFL has been turbulent. The UFC fighter had a six-season stint in the league, which was eventful. However, his time was cut short due to the massive controversy that engulfed him in 2014.

Hardy played football as a defensive end. Ole Miss Alum was a full-fledged athlete who was not limited to any sport. Participated in high school football, basketball, and track events. He also dabbled in MMA and boxing after his time in the NFL.

Update: Former NFL Pro-Bowl DE fighter and UFC fighter Greg Hardy, who was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend in 2014, says he now works at Walmart.

Why Greg Hardy Had A Short NFL Career

After getting out of the Ole Miss Rebels football program, Hardy was drafted by the Carolina Panthers. He was the 175th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The defensive end previously had four solid seasons in college football.

Hardy played five seasons with the Carolina Panthers, with the team franchising him for a fifth-year play in 2014. However, he only managed to play one game that season after being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list due to domestic violence charges.

Despite a request from players and coaches to give Hardy a second chance, then-Panthers owner Jerry Richardson decided to sever ties with the player. This clearly marked the beginning of the end for the ultimate UFC fighter in the NFL.

He joined the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 in a very controversial move. For violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy, he was suspended for 10 games without pay but later reduced to four. He was absolutely crucial to the Cowboys in his 12 games, but the franchise decided not to re-sign him on the grounds of personal behavior.

Greg Hardy was found guilty of two counts of domestic violence and has shown no public remorse that I can recall since. If you’re writing about it being a story of inspiration or redemption, you’re doing it wrong. #UFCBoston

Greg Hardy Accusations of Domestic Violence

Greg Hardy was arrested and detained on charges of assault and threats on May 13, 2014. This was after the end of the defense of his accusation of physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend and making death threats to her.

A trial held on July 15 found Hardy guilty as charged by the judge, resulting in an 18-month sentence suspended for 60 days. However, the defending party appealed the verdict, requesting a jury trial.

The victim failed to appear in court to testify at the appeal trial. As a result, the charges were dropped, due to the inability to locate the victim and to receive “reliable information” on a settlement through a civil agreement between the parties.

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