Controversial DE Greg Hardy will apparently not be joining the Oakland Raiders after receiving a sharp public rebuke from Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie.
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In a Saturday interview with CSN Bay Area, McKenzie said that the Raiders franchise had strong reservations about taking on the baggage that would come with Hardy after he was put on trial for domestic abuse back in 2014.
“At this point we don’t have any intentions of doing anything with him,” McKenzie said. “His situation is a delicate one. He has something ongoing with the league also. Anything we do (regarding Hardy) is about information gathering, like we do with all the players.”
Hardy was arrested for domestic violence before the 2014 season and was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list after Week One following a guilty verdict handed down by a judge in a Carolina court – receiving his $13.1 million contract from the Panthers fully guaranteed despite missing 15 games. But Hardy appealed the verdict and took the case to a jury trial, where the charges were later dismissed because his accuser went shopping instead of showing up to give her testimony.
From 2012 to 2013, Hardy recorded 26.0 sacks and made the Pro Bowl in 2013 after a 15.0 sack season. The Panthers chose to give Hardy a one-year franchise tag instead of signing him to a long-term contract.