Panthers end Greg Hardy ‘hates’ having distracted team with criminal case

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Spartanburg, SC, United States (4E Sports) – Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy said Sunday that he hates having distracted the team with his legal situation about having allegedly assaulted and threatened a woman.

Hardy, who often refers to himself by his alter persona “The Kraken,” was not nearly as playful as he typically is with the media.

Because the case remains in the court, Hardy could not answer any questions related to the case.

He wouldn’t even address if the past few months have been difficult on him, if being in the field makes it easier or if he he has apologized to the team for being a distraction.

Hardy was arrested May 13 after an incident at his Charlotte, North Carolina apartment involving his ex-girlfriend. He was found guilty on both counts July 15 and sentenced to 18 months probation and 60 days in jail, the latter suspended.

His attorney immediately appealed the decision and asked for a jury trial.

Hardy led the team with 15 sacks last season and had a guaranteed $13.1 million deal in 2014.

He will be a free agent after this season and hoped to remain with the Panthers.

General manager Dave Gettleman described Hardy’s situation as “concerning and disappointing.”

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