Bond set for Panthers DE Greg Hardy

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May 14, 2014, 10:20 AM

&#151; -- CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  Carolina Panthers star Greg Hardy has been released from jail Wednesday after a judge set his bond at $15,000 for a domestic assault charge involving his girlfriend.

Hardy refused to comment when he left the courthouse Wednesday.

Judge Rebecca Thorne Tin also set a $2,000 bond for Hardy's alleged threats against the woman, identified as Nicole Holder, and stated that the defensive end will not be allowed to have contact with her.

Tin also ordered that Hardy attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week.

Hardy's attorney, Chris Fialko, told Tin that his client made a 911 call in an attempt to get Holder to leave his apartment. Fialko says Hardy did not assault Holder.

Holder's lawyer, Stephen Goodwin, appeared in court to emphasize that his client was "extremely scared of Mr. Hardy." Goodwin also said that Holder "was not the aggressor."

Hardy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, had no comment. The Pro Bowler entered the courtroom Wednesday morning wearing an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs.

According to the police report, at 4:18 a.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to a domestic violence assault call in the 100 block of North Tryon Street. Upon arrival, they spoke to Holder, who told them she had been physically assaulted and threatened by Hardy. She also said she and Hardy have been in a relationship since September 2013.

Hardy, who also goes by his alter persona "The Kraken," led the Panthers in sacks this past season with 15. He was given the franchise tag during the offseason, guaranteeing him $13.1 million in 2014.

Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman has said repeatedly that he hopes to sign the 2010 sixth-round pick to a long-term contract.

While Hardy was in court Wednesday morning, Men For Change, which is a group whose goal is to end domestic violence against women and children, held its annual breakfast at Bank of America Stadium.

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