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UPDATE 05/15/2014: This story continues to get more interesting.
The Charlotte Observer unearthed one interesting nugget in the protective order complained filed by Greg Hardy's girlfriend Nicole Holder. The spat between the two stemmed because of Holder having a short term romance with Nelly, who happens to be a minority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. The complained said that while the couple was trying to work things out, Hardy "just snapped" while in bed together early Tuesday morning.
Hardy's 911 call said he had multiple sources to corroborate his side of the story, so this is likely to have more twists and turns before all is said and done. Keep it here for updates as they're available.
Greg Hardy's girlfriend Nicole Holder filed a restraining order against the Carolina Panters defensive end Greg Hardy following a domestic violence charge. Hardy was released on $17,000 total bond as well as the order to attend three Alcohoic's Anonymous classes per week and have no contact with Holder.
Hardy and Holder met in late 2013 while she was working as a waitress. They have been on and off since, including a brief period of living together earlier this year. After the incident, Holder filed a restraining order against Hardy, which included her side of how things transpired:
Hardy picked me up and threw me into the tile tub area in his bathroom. I have bruises from head to toe, including my head, neck, back, shoulders, arms, legs, elbow and feet. Hardy pulled me from the tub by my hair, screaming at me that he was going to kill me, break my arms and other threats that I completely believe.
He drug me across the bathroom and out into the bedroom. Hardy choked me with both hands around my throat while I was lying on the floor. Hardy picked me up over his head and threw me onto a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns. I landed on those weapons.
ESPN is also reporting that Holder alleged Hardy to have up to 30 firearms, while also alleging that he threatened to shoot her if she went to the media or reported the assault.
Both Hardy and Holder were intoxicated at the time of the incident, and each is accusing the other of being the aggressor. Hardy was released from custody after posting bond. He made no comment to the awaiting media, though his lawyer later released a statement. In a 911 call, Hardy told the operator:
We're trying to get her out of my house and she keeps running back in every time. My neighbor is outside witnessed everything. ... My manager is trying to restrain her she's trying to break free tried to hit me with her heel ... I'm literally running around. I'm inside the my apartment trying to get out but she's blocking ... she's at the door and she won't leave we've been trying to leave for an hour. I've asked her to leave a thousand times and she's hit me in the face twice. I'm trying to walk around and I can't walk through my kitchen because there's glass ... she broke glass.
Hardy later suggested that he thought Holder was on coke, but that she had definitely been drinking. He is next scheduled to appear in court on June 27.
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This Sunday, DeAngelo Williams and the Carolina Panthers will bump up against the 49ers in round two of the NFL playoffs. Williams, however is not the only one in his household representing for his team. In early December DeAngelo Williams' Girlfriend Risalyn Burzynski was spotted volunteering with other Carolina Panther wives and girlfriends at a charity event to help 20 local needy Charlotte families. Risalyn was assigned the task of shopping for a 12 year old boy and when asked about the child by NBC she replied:
All he asked for was underwear, socks and pajamas. He just wants anything, so we're going to make sure he gets a basketball goal and some really cool stuff to play with this year.
This type of charity is not uncommon for Williams and Burzynski, as they both work fervently for the DeAngelo Williams Foundation for breast cancer awareness and children's literacy.
DeAngelo and Risalyn are not married but they have been together since they met as undergrads at the University of Memphis. In 2011 Risalyn gave birth to their daughter Rhiya Williams who has since become the subject of many of DeAngelo's twitter posts. He clearly loves his family and is incredibly smitten with his daughter Risalyn seems to stay out of the public eye, except for her charity work, but from what we can tell she is a very supportive girlfriend rooting for DeAngelo both on and off the field.
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As Carolina Panthers wideout Steve Smith engages in yet another battle on the field tonight (this time being Aqib Talib), we decided to find out more about Steve Smith's wife Angie Smith.
Steve and Angie Smith met through mutual friends while attending the University of Utah together. Steve told Angie that he wanted, "to get to know you and pick your brain," which was a unique pick up line that actually worked. The couple had planned to marry during February of their senior year, but wound up pushing up the date and marrying during a bye week of Steve's 2000 senior season. The couple planned the entire nuptials in a week, and are every bit as married as those 2 year, $50,000 events (as I desperately tried and failed to remind my wife leading up to our wedding). The couple has three children together, Peyton, Baylee and Boston.
If you're anything like us, you may seem to remember Steve Smith's wife being brought up earlier this season. Surely enough it did, and it ties in nicely to the lead of this post, when it came up during a fight with an opposing player. Smith took exception to St Louis Rams corner Janoris Jenkins, and the two sparred on the field, and afterwards through the press. Smith went on record saying:
What I don't like is a young guy who comes in, who obviously his first time ever using the internet and Google, and he Googles information about me, talks about my wife and stuff like that. That's just some of the bulls*&t I just don't play with.... When I don't know a guy and he's talking about how's Angie doing, those things. C'mon... And if I seem him on the street, I'm going to bust him in the f&*king mouth."
Um. I think he means it. No one vote low on Angie Smith please.... PLEASE!!!