NFL says Greg Hardy’s status remains “unchanged,” for now

AP

Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy missed most of the 2014 regular season, under an agreement that placed him on paid leave until the pending criminal charges against him were resolved.

The charges are now resolved.  But that doesn’t mean he’ll be instantly reinstated.

“His status remains unchanged until we fully review the matter,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email.

It’s a complicated matter to review. With the charges dismissed due reportedly to a lack of cooperation from the victim (who reportedly receiver a sizable chunk of Hardy’s $13.1 million salary in 2014 to stop cooperating), it hardly means Hardy is innocent. A judge previously found Hardy guilty of assault in a preliminary hearing that served as a threshold to a jury trial. While the court does not create transcripts of such proceedings, Hardy’s lawyer retained a court reporter, and the NFL undoubtedly will want to review the transcript as part of a formal review of Hardy’s status.

Even though he’ll face no criminal penalties, the NFL can still impose discipline under the personal conduct policy, if the NFL concludes that Hardy engaged in behavior that violates the NFL’s standards for off-field behavior.

For Hardy, time is of the essence; he’s due to become a free agent on March 10. Certainty regarding his suspension, if any, will make it easier for other teams to sign him.

Whatever happens, Hardy shouldn’t count on getting credit for time served on paid leave. The NFL remains firmly committed to the notion that games missed with pay aren’t really games missed, even though the imposition of a fine in the amount of money already received for games not played can simulate a retroactive unpaid suspension.

In Hardy’s case, the fact that he agreed to accept paid leave makes it even harder for him to avoid an unpaid suspension in 2015.

74 responses to “NFL says Greg Hardy’s status remains “unchanged,” for now

  1. “His status remains unchanged until we fully review the matter,” NFl spokesman Greg Hardy told PFT via email.

    And he’s the NFL spokesman too?

  2. While I think he is guilty, you know the whole judge found him guilty thing.

    The charges were dropped, so that being the case, in the eyes of the law he is innocent. This is different than Peterson or Rice in that he was not convicted of anything.

    That being said, there should be no need for time served as there shouldn’t be a suspension. In the eyes of the law, this now counts as an accusation that couldn’t be brought to trial.

  3. His case was dismissed, there shouldn’t be any further questions. Reinstate him and let him hit free agency. Also the Panthers deserve some compensation for losing him all last year.

  4. His case was dismissed, there shouldn’t be any further questions. Reinstate him and let him hit free agency. Also the Panthers deserve some compensation for losing him all last year

  5. Am I the only one getting sick of Roger’a BS?
    Case is dismissed. Means he isn’t necessarily guilty or innocent. Move on Roger or step down.

  6. “How do you plead Mr. Hardy?

    “Rich”

    “Case dismissed. Next”

    Exaclty the image the NFL wants.

  7. Sorry to all the Hardy apologists, but if he paid off this victim, that is technically bribery which would actually be a more serious felony case than that which he faced. He should be indicted and put in prison.

  8. The NFL just wants to see what team he lands with. Saints, Jagts, Texans, etc…FULL 6 game susupension. Patriots………business as usual. Keep playing. No suspension here to see. Right patsfan?

  9. If he did pay off the girl then there will be an investigation and criminal charges brought against him for that crime. This a was a criminal case not a civil case. It was the DA who brought charges against Hardy not the girl. At this point it seems like it is speculation that Hardy paid the girl off to not show. I will wait to see the new criminal charges before I automatically run Hardy over with the bus again. Just like before, most on PFT are assuming guilt instead of innocence. That is not the way this country works.

  10. “it hardly means Hardy is innocent”

    Actually it is exactly what it means. The court of law in this country has said Mr. Hardy is not being charged because the State can not prove Guilt. Nothing else matter and if the NFL want to play hardball now then Hardy better get a lawyer to sue because Mr. Hardy agreed to sit on the commissioners list to while this was resolved. Not only is it resolved it puts Mr. Hardy in the clear as if nothing happened. Now Mr. Goodell wants to play hard ball again just like Peterson. Well Mr. Goodell you can try but you need to go.

  11. The dismissal is not the end of the story. The League’s personal conduct policy states, “But even if your conduct does not result in a criminal conviction, if the league finds that you have engaged in any of the following conduct, you will be subject to discipline.” Further, the League can compel Hardy to submit to questioning by League investigators. Those investigators can press him on what, if anything, he did to make the alleged victim stop cooperating.

    As noted earlier, North Carolina (for some unknown reason) does not record misdemeanor trials so the League will not be able to get a transcript of the initial trial. That will make is significantly more difficult to investigate.

    Since this is a domestic-violence incident, which is considered to significantly impact a victim’s privacy rights, it is unclear if North Carolina will supply the League with its investigative file, which would include things like any statements given to the police by Hardy or the alleged victim.

    The League’s investigation here will be interesting to watch to see if the League really learned anything after the sloppy way it investigated the Ray Rice matter.

  12. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re BACK TOGETHER. It’s a he say, she say case anyway. Let it go crusaders and let the YOUNG man live and do what he does best.

  13. Like it or not, this situationis a byproduct of what Goodells policies have created. The only was to get back on the field in a timely fashion is by 1) paying off the victim; or 2) accepting a plea. If you wait for your day in court you’ll likely miss an entire season then be suspended again by the league.

  14. These results just upped the market value of Greg Hardy.

    His settlement was in essence an investment for the upcoming lucrative deal he’s soon to land.

    Only in America.

  15. How does Goddell deserve any blame? The victim not testifying because she took money instead doesn’t mean that he didn’t do the crime. It just means that without the material witness that they don’t have enough evidence to convict.

  16. There is ZERO chance any semblance of suspension is upheld. The NFLPA will (and 100% should) file a grievance) if the NFL refuses to reinstate Hardy. It will go to the arbitrator who will throw out the suspension in minutes. For all of the High-Horse posters on here (not to mention the author) saying “well he paid her off, so he’s still guilty.” No he isn’t. Plain and simple. Not complicated. He is a free man with no convictions from this matter on his record. I know it doesn’t fit with the NFL’s Get Tough Agenda, but it’s a matter of legal fact, as is his right to be reinstated into the NFL.

  17. He really is the victim here, what with being forced to watch the panthers all season and only getting to collect a measly 13.1 million dollars that was fully guaranteed regardless.

    And then to top it off, he had to settle with the person he was found guilty of assaulting in a prior trial (which he appealed causing this one) before it went to court (again).

    Thankfully he can look forward to free agency where some other team will pay him quite a bit of guaranteed money to help him deal with all the pain and suffering he endured this year.

    It just seems so unfair to be Greg Hardy.

  18. It is pretty hilarious to read you guys calling people “apologists” of Greg Hardy. That is just simply not reality. The accuser at best is a gold-digger. At worst, she is a money-grubbing drug-addict.

    I do not think he is entirely innocent of the charges laid against him. But I also do not think he beat her. I am sorry. I read all of the facts of the case. She admitted to being high as a kite. She did not have any physical harm, markings, or bruises. He called the police asking for her to be removed from his apartment. I don’t think a man who has just beaten a woman typically calls the police. Would that not amount to him simply asking for them to come arrest him. He might not be the brightest of the bunch, but I think he has sense enough not to do that.

    The saddest in all of this is that if she did get money, she has been enabled. From what we know of drug addicts, money typically fuels the problem. I fear that the next headline regarding her could be far more tragic…

    As for Hardy, I think there is no other choice but to let him enter free agency with a clean slate. I am a Panthers fan and I am 99.9% sure that he will not be on our team next year for a litany of reasons. However, in the legal system he has been found innocent. To punish him further would be unfair…

  19. Do I have the story straight: the NFL now feels compelled to make preemptive strikes on players despite not having their day in court, does not consider a paid suspension a punishment…yet still retains the right to punish the player if the charges are ultimately dismissed?

    What is going on here?

  20. I would rather her take a chunk of cash from this guy rather than to have him receive probation and a suspension. The first is more justice for her than to have some high priced lawyer change the game for a guilty client. If he were for sure going to jail for a while, do that, but we all know he won’t. Between his lawyers and the payoff, maybe he learned something from writing the checks.

  21. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says:
    Feb 9, 2015 11:56 AM
    Do I have the story straight: the NFL now feels compelled to make preemptive strikes on players despite not having their day in court, does not consider a paid suspension a punishment…yet still retains the right to punish the player if the charges are ultimately dismissed?

    What is going on here?
    ——
    What part of, “out of court settlement”, don’t you understand?

  22. There’s no pleasing some people who comment here:

    If the NFL waits and gathers facts… you say ‘the NFL is lame and strings players along’.

    If the NFL acts quickly and decisively… you say ‘the NFL shoots and asks questions later’.

    Hence the reason nobody is asking your opinion when these decisions are made.

  23. Spoken like an ATL fan. LOL They are saying even though he is not convicted (U got that right. lol) Goodell (Not GODdell, even though u may think he is) is going to mess this up like everything else he touches, except when it comes to padding the owners pockets, which is the ONLY reason he is still around. The RIGHT people are making the most money.

  24. So let me get this straight, the court system, which has their own method of finding guilt through trial and investigation, doesn’t find him guilty of a crime. So the NFL, which is a place of employment, not a law firm, needs to conduct their own “investigation” on an alleged crime?? What are they gonna come digging through his house? What else is there to investigate? That would be like me working for McDonald’s and the store manager investigating me for a given crime. Just doesn’t make sense. Get over yourself Goodell you’re not as important as you think you are.

  25. lks311 says:
    Feb 9, 2015 12:00 PM
    yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says:
    Feb 9, 2015 11:56 AM
    Do I have the story straight: the NFL now feels compelled to make preemptive strikes on players despite not having their day in court, does not consider a paid suspension a punishment…yet still retains the right to punish the player if the charges are ultimately dismissed?

    What is going on here?
    ——
    What part of, “out of court settlement”, don’t you understand?

    ——————————————————-

    I understand all of it. I understand that Hardy was not convicted, and I understand that a settlement is not necessarily an admission of guilt.

  26. He was not found “not guilty”, the charges were dismissed, that’s a big difference.

    Also, even if he WAS found “not guilty”, that doesn’t mean he’s innocent.

    On top of that, you have the NFL personal conduct policy, which has nothing to do with the law, but still applies.

  27. Nothing but a big mess. The NFL’s policy leads directly to this sort of outcome – the article insinuated she got half of his $13M this past year, and I wouldn’t doubt it.

    Alternatively, they did say they can’t find her. I’m sure a small %age of that 13M would put her in a shallow grave, never to be heard from again. Are any of Hernandez’s hommies still running around?

  28. Please,

    If anyone came to you saying that it’ll cost $500 fix a problem or $5 to just make it go away…

    You’re all shelling out the $5.

    The “Settlement” is probably a tiny fraction of what his legal team costs.

  29. These “settlements” in criminal cases are troublesome in general. You don’t want to see a criminal escape liability by simply writing a check. On the other hand, you don’t want to see a gold-digger with dollar signs in her eyes think she can earn a quick buck by making an unfounded allegation against a player. We don’t know if either scenario occurred here but the entire matter smells.

  30. I’m more concerned about how he applies eye black. That should be a trigger for the concussion protocol.

  31. “You don’t want to see a criminal escape liability by simply writing a check.”

    Google pretty much any major environmental or financial scandal..

    Banks do this all day every day.

  32. Um yes charges dismissed but bot for being innocent. He paid her off to go away. It’s good to be scum as long as you have the money to make things go away.

  33. Wake Up America! says:
    Feb 9, 2015 11:36 AM
    “it hardly means Hardy is innocent”

    Actually it is exactly what it means. The court of law in this country has said Mr. Hardy is not being charged because the State can not prove Guilt. Nothing else matter and if the NFL want to play hardball now then Hardy better get a lawyer to sue because Mr. Hardy agreed to sit on the commissioners list to while this was resolved. Not only is it resolved it puts Mr. Hardy in the clear as if nothing happened. Now Mr. Goodell wants to play hard ball again just like Peterson. Well Mr. Goodell you can try but you need to go.

    ________________________________

    Tell that to Ben Roethlisberger. He was never even charged with a crime (let alone handcuffed), and was given 6 games (reduced to 4). The NFL does not go strictly by the view of the law – it goes by what it thinks happened and how that looks for the league.

    Does it make sense? No. But it’s what they do.

  34. What about the investigation of Grigson and the Colts? Indy deflated the intercepted ball in an attempt to defame New England. The pill poppin owner should be kicked out of the NFL and life time bans for their GM and minions who were accomplices in the set up.

  35. Innocent Man??? Really??? I would hardly say paying a witness to go away makes a man “innocent”… but in the eyes of the law he is “not guilty” and besides a 4 game suspension to start the 2015 season for conduct detrimental to the league or whatever…. He should be an eligible FA 3/10.

  36. If Hardy was going to pay her, he would have done it in September. Paying her would be the first time he committed a crime in this case, so it makes no sense to suggest that. He was innocent of the accusations and knew it.

    Read the facts of the case, as they were presented at the bench trial. A bench trial, which in NC does not result in final finding of guilt, but basically allows the judge to say it has enough merit to go to a jury trail. Read the background of that judge. Read the accusers background. You will come away with no doubt about why Hardy was falsely accused and unjustly punished.

  37. So? that chick still married Ray Rice. money talks and means more then fists to some women.

  38. They have a transcript of the original trial. Hardy’s lawyer paid for it. He might end up regretting he did so.

  39. “Since November, efforts to contact Holder and serve her with a subpoena have been fruitless, Murray said, despite “extraordinary measures” that included police staking out the addresses where she was believed to be living and appeals to relatives to have her come forward”

    Beginning and end of story. She wasn’t about to come forward and risk her payday.

  40. Paying her off with money doesn’t change the character of the person … Ban hammer

    ——————————————————————————-
    TAKING the money doesn’t change much about a person’s character either.

  41. Goodell will punish accordingly, depending on which team signs him. Hardy will look to sign with the Patriots, Steelers, or Ravens so Goodell will look the other way. However, if he signs with Cleveland, Goodell will fry him like an egg!

  42. You people STILL don’t get it. The NFL is not the government. They are an EMPLOYER. They don’t make decisions based on the letter of criminal law. They, much like the limited few of you who are actually employed, are allowed to set their own guidelines and company policies based on their company standards.

    The NFL has a “conduct policy” and a “conduct detrimental to the league policy”. Neither of which is governed by criminal guilt or innocence.

    They are, on the other hand, governed by what is in the best interest of the league. And having players arrested for domestic violence, and the publicity that comes with, is NEVER in the best interest of the league.

    You know what I have never been? Arrested for DV. You know why? Its because I would never put myself in this position.

    And FYI, yes, Roger is an idiot. But trying to blast him for every move that is made makes you look as petty and pathetic as he does.

  43. The NFL will have him do some counseling or whatever they think will please the zealots who have no forgiveness for anyone and reinstate him. If he’s not playing Week one next season the NFL really has more power than the courts these days.

  44. shaggyjeff says:
    Feb 9, 2015 11:17 AM
    Paying her off with money doesn’t change the character of the person … Ban hammer
    ===================================

    Nor does it change the “character” of his accuser… seems pretty obvious what she was after.

  45. He chose a trial by judge and WAS convicted, only in a back woods state like NC can a convict then say they want a jury trial. Stop pretending he is innocent he was already convicted. signed Raleigh, NC resident

  46. So the court system cant bring charges against him but he is still suspended by the NFL. Lmao. Not to mention cost the Panthers his on the field services. Yes he still got paid but its a joke he was suspended in the first place

    Goodell and the NFL are a joke. Which is why i wont watch next year unless Goodell is out and they amend their idiotic policies.

  47. NFL pays off people all the time, Robert Mueller, the people at the Super Bowl who didnt have any seats for the game. Settlement.

    NFL pays off Harold Henderson the alleged “independent” arbiter in charge of hearing player grievances.

    Talk about corrupt. The NFL is 10x more corrupt than the players

  48. The deadline for the league to act is the first day of the new league year. Up till now they can (sort of) justify keeping Hardy on the exempt list because he has been getting paid. A few weeks from now he will be a free agent. If the league still has him on the exempt list at that time, it will officially become an unpaid suspension. That’s when it will hit the fan.

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