The NFL finally chose too reduce Greg Hardy's suspension from ten games to four games after several months of appeals and judicial processes.
On July 14, 2014 Greg Hardy was found guilty of assaulting and communicating threats to his ex-girlfirend, Nicole Holder. Nearly a year later, on April 22, 2015, the NFL suspended Hardy 10-games without pay for conduct detrimental to the league.
After a nearly two month investigation into Hardy's misconduct, the NFL found sufficient evidence that Hardy did indeed violate NFL policies.
During the offseason Hardy, signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys braced for the impending suspension and built in a special incentive. The contract is valued at $13 million dollars, but it is set to pay Hardy on a game-to-game basis. That means that Hardy will get paid if and when he is on the active game roster. The total value of the contract is 13 million dollars, but Hardy, with his reduced suspension is set to make $578,125 per game. In total, Hardy is expected to make $6,937,500 for twelve games, assuming he does not get injured.
Hardy is eligible to return on October 11th, when the Cowboys take on the New England Patriots at home. Hardy's Arbitrator, Harold Henderson, upheld the suspension but lowered the ban to four games. On top of that, Hardy has a chance to further reduce his suspension if he chooses too. After all is said and done, how does this effect Tom Brady and the Patriots?
First off, there is no relationship between domestic violence and breaking competitive rules. Tom Brady and Greg Hardy were charged with two different types of misconduct. Hardy broke the personal conduct policy and Brady "failed to cooperate with the league's investigation" according to ESPN.
Both Brady and Hardy are both scheduled to have four game suspensions at this moment, but if all holds true, the NFL and Roger Goodell will reduce Brady's suspension.