Photos of Greg Hardy's ex-girlfriend emerge, show bruises, injuries

Deadspin on Friday revealed a series of more than 45 photos from the Greg Hardy trial in Charlotte, N.C., showing in detail the injuries suffered by Hardy's former girlfriend Nicole Holder on the night he allegedly attacked her.

Hardy was drafted by the Panthers in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft and given the franchise tag before the 2014 season by Carolina. Just weeks after Carolina placed the tag on Hardy, he was arrested for assault and communicating threats. He would only play one game before he was put on the Commissioner's Exempt List.

Photos from the Hardy trial have emerged. (via Deadspin)

Hardy signed with the Cowboys this offseason -- he was initially suspended 10 games by the NFL, but the suspension was reduced to four games on appeal. Hardy has appeared to treat the issue with little seriousness -- he wanted to come out "guns blazing" for his season debut against the Patriots and made jokes about Tom Brady's wife and her sister. 

The assault trial was more than a year ago, but hardly in the past given the circumstances surrounding Hardy appearing in the public spotlight.

Details surrounding his trial only paint a more sobering picture of the night in question. From Deadspin's story:

She and Hardy were on the bed inside the apartment’s smaller bedroom, getting along fine, when Hardy started bringing up the past. He called her a slut, she said, and accused her of ruining their relationship.

“I tried to get up, he pushed me,” she said, “then I started fighting back, he threw me into the bathroom, I hit the back of the shower wall and fell into the bathtub where he pulled me out.”

The Deadspin story is pieced together by a series of court documents and evidence from the Hardy trial. 

The NFL had access to the same photos and documents in making its decision to suspend Hardy for 10 games.

In the subsequent weeks since Hardy returned to the field, Jerry Jones repeatedly praised him as a "leader" of the Cowboys, despite Hardy's statements in the media. 

Via Pro Football Talk, the Cowboys declined to comment about the emergence of the photos. 

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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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