Love to know who made the call to deactivate Greg Hardy today. Love to know when he made it. Love to know why.
Hardy was the last name on Carolina's list of inactives, behind guard Andrew Norwell. On the flipcard the team passes out in the press box, Hardy is listed as the starter.
Keeping Hardy, Carolina's star pass-rushing defensive end off the field, is reasonable. But it was reasonable all week. It was reasonable before the season.
Hardy was convicted of domestic violence and communicating threats in July, and immediately appealed. The team had not penalized him and he played in the opener last week at Tampa Bay.
All week, Carolina head coach Ron Rivera has insisted that Hardy would today against Detroit.
The week was loaded with emotion and anger. The video of Ray Rice's elevator knockout was released Monday. On Wednesday Jerry Richardson, who owns the Panthers, broke down on a stage in downtown Charlotte. Richardson was overcome with emotion when he talked about domestic violence.
Richardson made clear the issue is important to him and his organization. The emotion was not pre-planned. By talking about it, however, Richardson set himself up for criticism: If he cares so deeply, do something.
He, or somebody in the Carolina hierarchy, did, and the decision would not have been made without Richardson's consent.