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Panthers withdraw offer to undrafted free agent due to assault charge

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In the land rush for undrafted free agents that occurs after the seventh round ends (and that actually begins while the draft is still happening), some details get lost in the sauce.

For the Panthers, they didn’t realize that former Washington State defensive tackle Robert Barber is facing a trial on second-degree felony assault charges.

Via Jourdan Rodrique of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers made the offer on Saturday night, Barber accepted it, and then the Panthers rescinded it once becoming aware of the legal entanglement.

Barber’s trial for allegedly punching a fellow Washington State student at a July 2016 party is due to begin on May 15.

Even if the deal had been finalized, the Panthers could have cut Barber. However, he would have been entitled to keep his signing bonus.

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21 Responses to “Panthers withdraw offer to undrafted free agent due to assault charge”
  1. daysend564 says: May 1, 2017 6:00 PM

    Sometimes people need punched

  2. xpensivewinos says: May 1, 2017 6:09 PM

    Sometimes, people need complete sentences.

  3. heymister24 says: May 1, 2017 6:15 PM

    How could they be unaware if they scouted him.

  4. magikskillz says: May 1, 2017 6:20 PM

    Well at least he got into a fight with men.

  5. cowpiesnotcowboys says: May 1, 2017 6:38 PM

    Jack Del Rio similarly assaulted a fellow student back at USC, but was smart enough to pay off the victim and buy his silence so that it would not derail Del Rio’s NFL career.

  6. mazenblue says: May 1, 2017 6:48 PM

    But if you say some disgusting words to a woman and her companion then chase her down and break her facial structure, you get rewarded. Cant offend liberals and inner city people. According to them anyone can get the same face punch, woman, man, child, doesnt matter.

  7. ZombieVikings says: May 1, 2017 6:54 PM

    They should rewind Cam’s contract too, he assaultedthe QB position last year with his heartless play.

  8. therealzeitgeist says: May 1, 2017 7:16 PM

    Robert Barber looks at withdrawl letter.

    Then Robert looks up at ~2011 Mercedes CLS63 AMG with tacky silver-wrap he just financed at 17%.

    Then Robert looks at Micky D’s across street with ‘Help Wanted.’

    Robert Barber then proceeds to cry.

  9. nhpats says: May 1, 2017 8:01 PM

    Bengals take notice

  10. qbarrel says: May 1, 2017 8:16 PM

    It’s easy to make an example of an undrafted free agent.

  11. mongo3401 says: May 1, 2017 8:48 PM

    Let me guess. He has grown from this experience and doing so it will make him a better man. Ghetto trash is the NFL turning into.

  12. senatorblutarsky says: May 1, 2017 9:33 PM

    But if you say some disgusting words to a woman and her companion then chase her down and break her facial structure, you get rewarded. Can’t offend reactionary conservatives and inflexible right wingers. According to them anyone can get the same face punch, woman, man, child, doesn’t matter, especially if they’re working class.

  13. carpanfan95 says: May 1, 2017 10:47 PM

    I read up on this and even watched a video on where Washington State Senator gets up and walks out on the School council.

    Panthers should have waited to with draw the offer in a contegency​ that he is cleared.

    This guy is one semester of getting his Criminal Justice Degree. Do you think he didn’t know. You will see he will be found onecent

  14. clemsonfanjt says: May 1, 2017 11:06 PM

    Cinn is ready to sign him

  15. kamthechancellor says: May 1, 2017 11:35 PM

    Word is that he’s going to beat the case. Way to jump the gun Panthers.

  16. Rick Carruth says: May 1, 2017 11:56 PM

    Half the charges have already been dismissed by a judge. Panthers should have waited a little longer before pulling the plug.

  17. arctantheta says: May 2, 2017 12:01 AM

    The CFL is beckoning…

  18. tatermitts99 says: May 2, 2017 4:33 AM

    A fist fight by a college student? The world is going to heck in a handbasket!

  19. ncphinsfan says: May 2, 2017 8:53 AM

    Well, this is just another person who we fans will never get to hear from his mouth, “at the end of the day… ” Oh well.

  20. jgedgar70 says: May 2, 2017 9:11 AM

    I don’t think they did much scouting of the guy, otherwise they would have known. I think they were just looking for bodies to fill out the rookie mini-camp.

  21. silvernblacksabbath says: May 2, 2017 11:21 AM

    At least it wasn’t a woman 🙂

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