There's record that he was convicted on just about every single sports site you care to visit. There's no "legal" record and it doesn't register on his criminal record anymore. That doesn't mean the day didn't happen, and that he wasn't convicted at a bench trial.
The date still happened, and a court appointed judge reviewed the facts at the time an convicted him. I wouldn't call it meaningless being that the jury trial never happened due to Hardy paying a settlement. It's really here nor there for me though. The DV case was just the tip of the iceberg for me personally. Hardy isn't a guy you can trust with a huge long term deal. His history has shown that pretty clearly.
If you're calling not wanting a guy who allegedly assaulted a female (and then was subsequently convicted of said alleged assault by a judge all before paying the accuser to make the trial go away) a "narrative", you probably don't have much of an argument.
That's because his wife (then fiance') wouldn't cooperate with prosecution. He faced plenty of discipline though. He lost his job and has subsequently been blackballed from the league partly due to transgressions and partly due to being a 30 year old RB who wasn't performing prior to the incident.
First, she didn't need to show up to court because Hardy settled with her....and since I know you're going to ask for a link... http://www.charlotteobserver.com/latest-news/article10422650.html (fourth paragraph) Second, assaulting a woman (allegedly) isn't a mistake. Not even close. Third, you're defending the guy on a situation you have minimal information about and I never labeled him as a "woman beater". Isn't defending him blindly the exact same thing? Say all you want about Holder as a person, legal technicalities or whatever, the fact is Hardy was convicted during a bench trial of assaulting Nicole Holder as well as threatening her life. He also treated the entire court process like a joke which leads me to the real reason I'm glad he's gone...He demonstrated multiple times while in Carolina the willingness to make questionable decisions that jeopardized his football and personal life. If you want to look past all of these things that's fine. Me, I'm quite happy with this organization not paying a ticking time bomb millions to potentially jeopardize his playing status again. Call me a "white knight" or whatever you want, I don't really care. The fact is it's pretty easy to not get wrapped up in situations like this (assuming you're not in a serious relationship with a person, which he wasn't at the time). Whether you're the one instigating it, or it's through the acquaintance of a person with such low character as you portray Nicole Holder with, if you use good judgement it's easy to walk away. Holder's friend admitted Hardy's relationship with Holder was bad for awhile....so end it, really simple.