Brace yourselves, Panthers fans. It looks like wide receiver isn’t the only concern for the 2014 season.
On Tuesday, defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty of assaulting and communicating threats on a female. The accusations came from an incident on May 13th . It was widely believed that Hardy was going to be found guilty, as District Judge Becky Thorne Tin said, “The court is entirely convinced Hardy is guilty of assault on a female and communicating threats.”
Hardy’s former girlfriend Nicole Holder told the media what happened. “He looked me in the eyes and told me he was going to kill me,” said Holder. “I was so scared I wanted to die. When he loosened his grip slightly I just said, ‘Do it. Kill me.'” Hardy’s story contradicts Holder’s, as Hardy insists the wounds were self inflicted. Hardy will appeal and he requested jury trial in superior court.
The news of Hardy is news the Panthers didn’t want to hear, but it’s likely news they were expecting.
Numerous sources have reported that Hardy’s contract talks with the Panthers have been almost non existent, as Carolina likely wanted to see the verdict before they committed to, “the Kraken,” long term. The accusations are very serious, and it doesn’t seem like Hardy has a whole lot working in his favor.
If Carolina is without Hardy for 2014, they’ll obviously miss his production. Hardy had 15 sacks in 2013, and 35 sacks since 2010. However, if Hardy is another player that simply can’t be trusted like Will Hill and Josh Gordon, then the Panthers need to move on.
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