Former Panthers G.M. cheats death, as car hits radio studio

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Reality came crashing down on the Panthers Sunday in the form of Von Miller and the Broncos defense.

For former Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney, it came in the form of a car coming through the window of his downtown radio studio, while he was on the air.

Hurney and former Charlotte Observer columnist Tom Sorensen were discussing the Panthers’ loss, and about to go to break Monday afternoon when a car wreck at a nearby corner sent one of the vehicles through the window of the studio at ESPN 730. The studio sits on a corner near Bank of America Stadium, not far from where quarterback Cam Newton was hit by a car in 2014.

The station posted audio of the moment of the crash, which is hilarious as soon as you realize no one was hurt. In fact, you can hear Hurney asking reporter Molly Cotten if she’s OK moments before she sent them to a break.

And they realized the humor too, after the fact.

“You should have seen Sorensen sprint out of the room,” Hurney said via text. “Lucky he didn’t pull a hammy.”

The identity of the driver who nearly became a part of Hurney’s show (or nearly ended it) is unclear, though suspects include the Jake Delhomme contract extension of 2009 and every running back in the NFL who was trying to get him to throw money at them.