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Greg Hardy’s jury trial scheduled for November 17

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The Panthers may have avoided ever making a decision on Greg Hardy. But now, the court docket may force them and the league to address a pending matter of some recent attention.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Hardy’s jury trial on domestic violence charges has been scheduled for Nov. 17, during their bye week.

When a judge convicted Hardy of two charges in July, it was believed his appeal wouldn’t be heard until January, likely after the end of the current season.

Hardy’s attorney still thinks the trial could be pushed back until 2015.

“I believe the state will try other, much older cases at the November date, and we will be assigned a jury trial date in 2015 once that master court calendar is published,” attorney Chris Fialko said.¬†“I do not think this district attorney will leapfrog Mr. Hardy’s case over the many other older ones where defendants and accusers have been patiently waiting for trial.”

The Panthers have deferred any potential punishment for Hardy to the NFL, and the NFL will wait until after his jury trial. Ostensibly, that could put him in line to be punished during the current season (which might mean as much as two whole games).

Hardy’s playing under the one-year, $13.1 million franchise tag, and the Panthers made no effort to extend him prior to the deadline to reach a long-term deal. The timing of his trial will also come into play for his next team, whether the Panthers try to keep him or not.

That jury trial could also be even more lurid than the first one.

Hardy was accused of attacking his former girlfriend and throwing her onto a futon full of guns after an early morning altercation. The trouble between the two stemmed from her affair with the rapper Nelly, a part owner of the Charlotte Hornets. The victim admitted using cocaine the night of the attack, which sets up questions of credibility.

Mix in a potential giant pay-day for an NFL free agent who had 15.0 sacks last year, and it might get even more lewd, lascivious, salacious and outrageous than the first trial.

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8 Responses to “Greg Hardy’s jury trial scheduled for November 17”
  1. Heretopissuoff says: Aug 4, 2014 6:02 PM

    Time after time every teams players get arrested, suspended and fined

    The Oakland Raiders should have a sit down with every nfl player on how to take care of themselves, what to say and how to tackle

    We are what the league calls a disciplined and well mannered team

    Khalil Mack> Clowney and Barr

  2. jayhawk6 says: Aug 4, 2014 6:04 PM

    “…and it might get even more lewd, lascivious, salacious and outrageous”

    Are you trying to peddle television rights to Jerry Springer?

  3. 1rockyracoon says: Aug 4, 2014 7:40 PM

    Seems like his presence is going to be a distraction for the team. What are Dungy’s thoughts?

  4. 1rockyracoon says: Aug 4, 2014 8:20 PM

    Seems like his presence on the team is going to be a distraction. What are Tony Dundgy’s thoughts?

  5. newdayintampabay says: Aug 4, 2014 8:23 PM

    So wait is he going to play until a decision is made on November 17th? If so that’s BS I need him out week 1

  6. jdrewsy says: Aug 4, 2014 8:25 PM

    Can’t stop the Kraken!!! Does Ray Rice offer counselling?

  7. pauliewalnutsthe2nd says: Aug 5, 2014 1:21 AM

    Well Greg, get ready for your 2 game suspension. Make sure not to smoke a J before or we’ll see you in 2015.

  8. chrisco4bucs says: Aug 5, 2014 10:07 AM

    I want him on the field week one, when we smack ‘em around the RayJay……..GOBUCS

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