NFL’s Carolina Panthers Guilted into Deactivating DE Greg Hardy Who was Found Guilty in July of Assaulting & Threatening His ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder
ALL EYES WERE ON RAY RACE … BUT THE NFL ONCE AGAIN DROPPED THE BALL ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WITH CAROLINA PANTHERS’ DE GREG HARDY …
Drip, drip drip … Yet another black eye for the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell. Just how many is it going to take before heads roll, other than the one’s of the victims? At what point will the NFL take any of this serious, when they lose millions in endorsements and have pressure from advertisers? Must it all be that cynical that these owners only care about money?
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All the reports and news attention was on Ray Rice, former running back of the Baltimore Ravens, when TMZ released the VIDEO inside the elevator of Rice knocking out cold his then fiance and now wife, Janay Palmer. The focus of the discussion became, how did the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell not see this video prior handing out the pathetic two game suspension to Rice? How does an individual get paid $44 million a year and handle an investigation like this? It would be one thing if this was the only case that has been at the forefront of the NFL and domestic violence, or any violence for that matter. There was already the case of San Fransisco 49ers Ray McDonald and his domestic violence charges. Then most recently the indictment of Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges.
BUT DID YOU KNOW ABOUT GREG HARDY? WHO?
Greg Hardy was found guilty in July 2014 in a Mecklenburg County, North Carolina courthouse of assault on a female and communicating threats. The conviction stemmed from a May 13 incident involving his former girlfriend said that she was attacked by Hardy who threw her on a bed covered in guns and “bragged that all of those assault rifles were loaded.” In the protective order request, the woman said Hardy picked her up and threw her into the tile tub area of the bathroom. He then dragged her into the bedroom, choked her, picked her up again and “threw me onto a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns.”
The Carolina Panthers defensive end was sentenced to a 60-day suspended sentence and 18 months’ probation by judge Rebecca Tin. Hardy’s attorney says he will appeal and request a jury trial, and the terms of probation do not apply while he awaits an appeal by jury in Superior Court. That means Hardy’s ability to travel with the team and go to training camp is not affected, per The AP. Hardy had pleaded not guilty earlier Tuesday.
The Panthers released a statement, which read: “We have just learned of the verdict and are respectful of the process. We do not have a comment at this time.”
BUT GUESS WHAT, AS OF THIS MORNING, GREG HARDY HAD RECEIVED NO PUNISHMENT FROM THE NFL OR THE CAROLINA PANTHERS. AS OF THIS MORNING, HARDY WAS SCHEDULED TO PLAY THIS SUNDAY.
Enter ESPN, Outside The Lines (VIDEO) … Greg Hardy’s Domestic Violence Charge.
Here is a case that did go through the legal process, was adjudicated and Greg hardy was found guilty of assault. So what was the NFL, the Carolina Panthers or Goodell waiting for?
SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE … In the face of the embarrassing ESPN OTL airing of this how the NFL has once again fumbled the ball on domestic violence against woman … the Carolina Panthers have deactivated Greg Hardy for today’s game. REALLY, How big of you.
The Carolina Panthers placed defensive end Greg Hardy on the inactive list for Sunday’s home opener against the Detroit Lions.
The move came two days after coach Ron Rivera said he planned to start the 2013 Pro Bowl selection, who was found guilty in July by a Mecklenburg County judge of assaulting and threatening ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder.
Team officials said they will not address Hardy’s situation or his future with the team until after the game.
The San Francisco 49ers are aware of the Panthers’ decision to deactivate Hardy but still plan on playing defensive tackle Ray McDonald, who was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence on Aug. 31, against the Bears on Sunday night, a team source told ESPN’s Jim Trotter.
Rivera said Friday the team hadn’t changed its stance on Hardy, who is appealing the verdict with a jury trial tentatively set for Nov. 17. Hardy’s attorney insists the case won’t be heard until 2015 because of the court’s case backload. Under North Carolina law involving defendants convicted of a misdemeanor, the jury trial will take place as if no previous trial took place.
“We are in a process and we’re letting the process play its way out,” Rivera said Friday. “Because of that, we’re following through with the situation, set of circumstances. We’re not trying to do anything below board or way above board. ”
Watch the ESPN “NFL Countdown” crew discuss the situation. Chris Berman says, “I am not really that surprised … they had to do it”. However, the best reaction and commentary to the Greg Hardy situation was from former Denver Bronco great Tom Jackson, ‘How could you allow Greg Hardy to be on the field, due process has played out, he’s convicted, he’s appealing, . We know the facts of the case, their undisputed. And were you going to find it as you took the temperature of public opinion were you going to find that you could put him on the field because he is important to you’re winning and losing.