It seems as though the NFL is now backpedaling on the heels of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension. Maybe all of the NFL players who have been involved in a domestic violence incident should be worried about their careers. The newest football player to be deactivated was North Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy.
Hardy received a domestic abuse conviction back in May, and it’s a shame the NFL is just now doing something about it.
Here’s a rundown of the incident from WSOC-TV:
“Greg Hardy attacked me in his apartment.[Greg] picked me up and threw me into the tile tub area in his bathroom. I have bruises from head to toe, including my head, neck, back, shoulders, arms, legs, elbow and feet.
“[Greg] pulled me from the tub by my hair, screaming at me that he was going to kill me, break my arms and other threats that I completely believe. He drug me across the bathroom and out into the bedroom.[Greg] choked me with both hands around my throat while I was lying on the floor.
“[Greg] picked me up over his head and threw me onto a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns. I landed on those weapons.[Greg] bragged that all of those assault rifles were loaded. Landing on those weapons bruised my neck and back.
“[Greg] screamed for his administrative assistant (Sammy Curtis) to come into the room and hold me down. [Greg] and [Sammy]then took me into the living room area. I wasn’t nearly strong or fast enough to escape. I begged them to let me go and I wouldn’t tell anyone what he did. They took me out into the hall, pushed me down and went back inside his apartment. I crawled to the elevator and ran into CMPD.”
In July, Hardy received 18 months probation and a 60-day jail sentence, which was suspended. His NFL suspension was delayed because he requested an appeal, which is happening in November.
“I know y’all are wondering [about Greg Hardy],”Coach Ron Rivera said. “I made the decision this morning. It was my decision because it was in the best interest of the Carolina Panthers.”
But not all of the Panthers feel that Hardy should be suspended.
“Of course [we want him back],” Defensive end Charles Johnson said. “Why would you ask that question?”
“That’s my teammate. I’m going to rally around my teammate.”
Linebacker Thomas Davis said he would welcome Hardy back.
“Absolutely,” Davis said. “He’s one of our playmakers. He’s one of the guys that makes our defense run. We feel we definitely are a better defense with him on the field. That’s one of those things that we have to sit back as a team and players and let the situation play itself out and see what happens.
“In the meantime, we’ve got to continue to come to work and do what we’re paid to do, and that’s play football.”