Dallas Cowboys' defensive end Greg Hardy just got hit with a tough penalty -- he's benched for 10 games without pay, after the NFL determined he brutalized his ex-girlfriend.
A 2-month NFL investigation determined Hardy attacked Nicole Holder 4 times. They concluded in May 2014, he:
-- used physical force that landed her in a bathtub
-- used physical force that landed her on a futon that was covered with 4 semi-automatic rifles
-- grabbed her by the neck, leaving visible marks
-- shoved her against a wall
Hardy, who was playing for the Carolina Panthers at the time, had been convicted of assault, appealed and had an automatic right to a new trial. But the second time around Holder refused to cooperate and the charges were dropped.
It's one of the harshest punishment meted out by the NFL for domestic violence.