The Carolina Panthers have deactivated star defensive end Greg “Da Kraken” Hardy for today’s game against the Detroit Lions.

The Panthers were receiving considerable criticism for allowing Hardy to continue playing following his July conviction for assaulting a female and communicating threats against former girlfriend Nicole Holder.

Holder says the 6ft 4″, 290 lb player attacked her because of a brief relationship she had with Nelly while she and Hardy were broken up.

“Hardy picked me up and threw me into the tile tub area in his bathroom,” Holder stated in a complaint, regarding the May 13th, 2014 attack. “I have bruises from head to toe, including my head, neck, back, shoulders, arms, legs, elbow and feet. Hardy pulled me from the tub by my hair, screaming at me that he was going to kill me, break my arms and other threats that I completely believe. He dragged me across the bathroom and out into the bedroom. Hardy choked me with both hands around my throat while I was lying on the floor. Hardy picked me up over his head and threw me onto a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns. I landed on those weapons.”

In a 911 call placed by Hardy he asked for help in getting Holder out of his house. He said she was the aggressor and had hit him with her shoe. He also told the operator he believed Holder was high on cocaine.

“Like, yo, she’s out of it, my man,” Hardy said during the call. “And she will not stop coming at me, bro.”

After being found guilty by a district judge Hardy’s attorney asked for and was granted a trial by jury.

The trial will start on November 17th in appeals court.

Hardy’s NFL career could be in jeopardy. Ray Rice has been suspended indefinitely for a domestic violence case. Hardy could be facing the same fate depending on the outcome of the trial.