Greg Hardy will stand trial on February 9

AP

The bad news for the Panthers and defensive end Greg Hardy is that, when they face the Seahawks tonight in Seattle, Hardy still won’t be able to play due to: (1) his placement on the Commissioner-Exempt list pending the resolution of domestic violence charges; and (2) the delay of his trial date from November 2014 into 2015.

The good news for Hardy (but not necessarily for the Panthers) is that Hardy finally has a new trial date. Per a league source, his trial will happen on February 9.

It means that his criminal case will be resolved — and possibly his status with the NFL — before free agency opens in March. Which means that there will be no uncertainty when Hardy hits the open market.

The Panthers applied the franchise tag to Hardy in 2014, paying him $13.1 million for one season. The Panthers ultimately paid him every dollar, but received his services for only one game.

Hardy previously had a trial before a judge that resulted in a finding of guilt. Wrongly dubbed by pretty much everyone in the media as a “conviction,” it was actually a preliminary stage that gives Hardy a chance to force the prosecution to show its hand before the actual jury trial.

Regardless, the NFL’s new approach to violent crimes results in players being placed on paid leave pending the resolution of formal charges. And the NFL stubbornly insists that paid leave doesn’t constitute discipline — even though it keeps the player from doing what he wants to do.

For Hardy, it also means that he had no chance to put together the kind of performance that could have gotten him a major contract offer in free agency. For the Panthers, it means they had to navigate most of the season without the benefit of one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.

To the team’s credit, the Panthers still made it to the postseason. But how much better would they have been if they’d had Hardy all year long?

28 responses to “Greg Hardy will stand trial on February 9

  1. How can there be any sympathy for Hardy, if the allegations are true? She days he smacked her round and ultimately threw on top of a bed covered with rifles and guns.

    Fortunately for her, if what she says is true, he did not go Aaron Hernandez on her.

    And he gets paid $13M.

    We hope he saved his money.

  2. … And the NFL stubbornly insists that paid leave doesn’t constitute discipline — even though it keeps the player from doing what he wants to do.

    It’s not dicipline if you’re getting paid – it’s reassignment.

  3. The Panthers would have been much, much better. The stout defense last year was predicated on the pass rush, which was essentially a non-factor most of the season. If Hardy were on this team now, combined with the more speedy secondary, I think it would be a Top 3 defense again.

  4. Thank you for finally getting the story right. Hardy might still be convicted of domestic violence but up to this point he has only been punished by the NFL and the media for allegations made against him.

  5. If and it’s a big if, he’s found not guilty he’ll still command big bucks.

    But it won’t be 13.1 mil per game. That’s crazy !

  6. Nfl has admitted they missed 7 calls against the Lions.
    2 were on Lions tds
    1 was defensive holding the play before Suh was held

    Go cowboys

  7. So this trial should take about 15 seconds before he’s found not guilty.

    I believe either one of them is an angel, but her “version” is such a load of crap. It sounds like something 10 year old would come up with.

    “Oh..and there was a PILE of guns too!”

    Curious how the trial comes up a week after the seasons end… Even for a player I hated and knew was stone guilty..that coincidence wouldn’t sit right with me.

  8. “…the NFL stubbornly insists that paid leave doesn’t constitute discipline — even though it keeps the player from doing what he wants to do.”
    ======================================
    What job guarantees you that right?

    “For Hardy, it also means that he had no chance to put together the kind of performance that could have gotten him a major contract offer in free agency.”
    ======================================
    Apparently, that didn’t cross his mind when he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

    ” For the Panthers, it means they had to navigate most of the season without the benefit of one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.”
    =====================================
    Choose better in the draft when it comes to character.

    The NFL isn’t the bad guy in this case … for a change.

  9. Flush this turd.

    If the NFL wants to prosper long term, it has to keep flushing the turds.

  10. grizzly224 says:
    Jan 10, 2015 8:25 AM
    Thank you for finally getting the story right. Hardy might still be convicted of domestic violence but up to this point he has only been punished by the NFL and the media for allegations made against him
    ~~~~~~
    It’s a tad more than just an accusation or allegation. There was an investigation that found enough evidence to warrant formal charges. The judge finding him guilty is similar to a grand jury indictment. If there was no evidence at all the case would have been dismissed at an earlier stage.

  11. “It’s a tad more than just an accusation or allegation. There was an investigation that found enough evidence to warrant formal charges. The judge finding him guilty is similar to a grand jury indictment. ”

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    Not even close. This was a female judge who runs on women’s rights in an ELECTION year. It would have been political suicide for her to drop this case no matter how weak the evidence is.

    This level of “conviction” is such a joke that they don’t even require transcripts.

  12. This clown is just another overpaid man child on steroids. When are teams going to learn to examine character before drafting someone? Jameis Winston anyone?

  13. Look you can say what you want but anyone who actually followed that case will tell you there is no way…. ZERO that a jury finds Hardy Guilty.

    Just the highlights of the case.
    He called the Cops
    She tried to flee the scene… why? Cause she was coked up with coke on her person.
    She had ZERO physical injuries. A man that size doing the things that she claimed he did would leave behind well physical signs. etc

    Greg Hardy is crazy I am not gonna say otherwise. But the only thing he is guilty of is dating a Coke Head.
    He won’t be a Panther next year. But the only thing this whole process has done is punish the Panthers for having to pay a guy who also counts against the Cap and can’t see the field even though he has not been convicted.
    And why does the NFL do it like this?
    Cause if they don’t pay Hardy WHEN not IF but WHEN he is found not guilty he could sue them.

  14. Take it from someone who works in the food service industry in Charlotte, this girl is notorious for being a clinger to the rich and famous in the area. She is a known drug abuser with an “expensive habit”. I get the feeling that the only thing Hardy is guilty of is being stupid enough to keep this girl around.

  15. This is THE NFL… he’ll get probation AT worst… stars are allowed to get away with just about everything because well they are stars…. the justice system doesn’t apply to them in the same way as it does you and I.

  16. “the justice system doesn’t apply to them in the same way as it does you and I.”

    ——————————————————-

    This wouldn’t have made it any level court for you and I.

    Granted, there are 100 ways the rich beat us out…but minor crap like this isn’t worth a DA’s time unless they risk the PR fallout.

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