One of the few unresolved scandals from the NFL’s nightmare of a September, Panthers DE Greg Hardy appears to be on his way out.
The Carolina Panthers are expected to part ways with DE Greg Hardy at the conclusion of his domestic violence trial.
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According to the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers are ready to rid themselves of Hardy – who has been on the Commissioner’s Exempt List since Week 2 of the 2014 season – in the aftermath of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal and the Adrian Peterson child abuse scandal that were a serious black eye for the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens and the Minnesota Vikings.
The Panthers were forced to pay Hardy the balance of his $13 million contract even though he only played one game for the team in 2014. Hardy does not have a contract with the Panthers beyond the end of the 2014 season in several weeks, as he was under contract with a franchise tag designation.
If found guilty at his upcoming trial for domestic violence, Hardy will receive a six-game suspension in accordance with the new league conduct policy as soon as he is signed by an NFL team – whether that is in 2015 or whenever a team decides to sign him. But at age 26 and coming off a 10+ sack, Pro Bowl season in 2013, Hardy would undoubtedly be one of the most talented free agent defensive linemen available.
A District Court judge in July found Hardy guilty of assaulting and threatening to kill ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder during an early-morning altercation at Hardy’s uptown condo last May. He appealed for the jury trial that is scheduled to start Monday.