Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday morning to charges of communicating threats and assaulting a female, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Hardy, who arrived in a dark suit and Panthers-colored black and blue tie at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse Tuesday morning, is facing charges he beat up his ex-girlfriend during an altercation at Hardy's residence in May.
Nicole Holder, 24, a waitress at an Epicentre nightclub who used to live with Hardy, told authorities Hardy attacked her during an after-party at his uptown condo in the early-morning hours of May 13.
Hardy, 25, is charged with communicating threats and assaulting a female. Hardy could face up to 60 days in jail if convicted of the domestic violence charge.
Panthers and NFL officials have said they would wait until the legal process has taken its course before deciding on any possible punishment for Hardy.
The Panthers placed the franchise tag on Hardy this year after he tied Kevin Greene's single-season, team record with 15 sacks in 2013. Hardy is guaranteed $13.1 million this year under the tag.
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