Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Greg Hardy To Be Put On Exempt List

While the Ray Rice saga garnered most of the headlines last week, the NFL's other significant domestic abuse case had all but gone unnoticed.

Not until Rice made headlines and the NFL botched there handling of it, did many people take notice of Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy's conviction back in July.

Hardy played in the 1st game of the season for the Panthers, but after the events of last week, the Panthers pulled him from the lineup at the last minute on Sunday.

With his status in limbo, the team announced Wednesday afternoon they would place Hardy on the Exempt list. Which in essence puts him on paid leave until his issues are resolved (much like Adrian Peterson).

Hardy, while pleading guilty to the July charges, decided to appeal that decision and take the case to trial. That trial has not been scheduled yet. According to North Carolina law, since the original case was heard only by a judge, he can appeal and the trial must be heard by a jury.

In the meantime, he is not allowed to play or practice with his team, though he is allowed to be at the teams facilities in Charlotte.

No timetable has been given for his return, though team G.M Dave Gettleman did say that it won't be until the legal process is finished.

In case you haven't seen it, here's the saga of Mr. Hardy:

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