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July 27, 2014

Greg Hardy: I hate I've been a distraction to the team

SPARTANBURG In his first public comments since he was convicted of assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy repeatedly declined to comment about the domestic violence case, but said he regrets being a distraction to the team.

Hardy would not say whether he's apologized to his teammates, calling it a team matter he wants to keep internal.

"I hate that I have distracted my team, but other than that I can't really answer any questions," Hardy said Sunday at Wofford, site of the Panthers' training camp.

Before Hardy addressed the media Sunday, a Panthers spokesman said Hardy would not discuss anything related to the case.

Six times when asked questions related to his guilty verdict, Hardy said he "can't answer that question."

A Mecklenburg County district judge this month found Hardy guilty on the two misdemeanor charges, stemming from the early morning altercation with Nicole Holder at Hardy's uptown condo on May 13.

He appealed the decision and has a jury trial pending, almost certainly after the season.

The Panthers have indicated they plan to allow the league to handle Hardy's potential discipline, which general manager Dave Gettleman believes would happen after the legal process is complete.

Hardy, who signed a $13.1 million franchise tag two months before his May arrest, said he wants to stay with the Panthers long-term. He wouldn't answer a question about whether he believes the events of the offseason have hurt his chances to remain with the organization after this season.

Hardy, the Panthers' sixth-round draft pick in 2010, tied a team record with 15 sacks last season and went to his first Pro Bowl.

"I love this place. This is a great atmosphere," Hardy said. "I love the ownership, love my teammates. I've had a great five years here.

--Joseph Person and Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on July 27, 2014 at 01:01 PM | Permalink

Comments

So, let's get this straight: Greg Hardy apologizes for "being a distraction to the team", and one presumes he's sorry he got caught, but he's NOT sorry he beat up a defenseless woman. Not a peep on that score. Oh, yeah, he "can't answer any questions about that". Right.

Got it. Nice to know our $73 million taxpayer dollar contribution is going to an organization that continues to employ fine, upstanding men like this. But it could be worse, I guess. At least Hardy's not Ray Carruth. Yet.

Posted by: archie | Jul 27, 2014 2:16:20 PM

I guess you missed it, he didn't apologize, for anything, not even being a distraction. Probably because ANY apology he makes in association with this impending legal matter will be used as an admission of guilt by the prosecution.

And who knows, maybe he has nothing to be sorry for - you don't know any more than I. I'm not saying he's innocent, I'm saying that's for the jury to decide.

Perhaps, if you are so positive of what went down at his apartment that night, you should contact the prosecution and offer your services as a witness...

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Jul 27, 2014 11:18:53 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Jul 28, 2014 8:37:22 AM

Once Mr Rivera sees my combine video, it will make him forget about Greg Hardy. I can help the Panthers get a Super Bowl.

Posted by: John Downing | Jul 28, 2014 11:54:43 AM

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