Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy turned himself into police this morning, after being charged with a misdemeanor communicating threats and assault on a female.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers franchise-tagged defensive end was charged after Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police responded to a call at 4:18 a.m. A woman who said she had been in a relationship with Hardy since September said she had been physically assaulted and threatened.
“We are very disappointed to learn of the allegations involving Greg and are concerned for all parties as we continue to investigate,” the Panthers said in a statement.
The Panthers have expensive decisions to make this season about the future of the position, with Hardy and Charles Johnson taking up more than 20 percent of the team’s salary cap themselves.
The team had been talking about a long-term contract with Hardy prior to the tag, but this will give them pause.