Panthers DE Greg Hardy has pocketed over $12 million as he sits on the Exempt List waiting for a new trial in his domestic abuse case.
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Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy will stand trial for domestic assault on February 9, 2015.
Hardy was arrested on May 13, 2014 for assaulting an ex-girlfriend. Among the allegations made against him were that he had grabbed her and thrown her on the floor, then into a bathtub, and then slammed her against a futon and strangled her.
The early trial date will likely allow Hardy to have his legal case and status with the NFL settled before the free agency period opens in March – the start of the new league year.
At the start of the 2014 season the Panthers applied the franchise tag to Hardy in 2014, paying him $13.1 million for one season. The Panthers ultimately paid him every dollar, but received his services for only one game. Hardy earned $48,000 for the team’s win over the Cardinals in the playoffs last week, and could earn another $44,000 if the Panthers beat the Seattle Seahawks this week.
On June 15, 2014, a judge found Hardy guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats. She sentenced him to 18 months probation; a 60-day jail sentence was suspended. Hardy appealed, and since he was convicted of a misdemeanor, under North Carolina law he’s entitled to a jury trial. In court, Hardy and Curtis denied that Hardy assaulted the victim, or communicated threats.