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Carolina Panthers May Place Greg Hardy on Exempt List

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Greg HardyThe Carolina Panthers are considering the possibility of placing star defensive end Greg Hardy on the NFL’s  exempt list pending the outcome of his domestic violence charges. The Minnesota Vikings took a similar course of action with Adrian Peterson earlier today while the charges he faces for child abuse are resolved.

The Panthers would not have to play Hardy, although they would still pay him if he were placed on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list. The designation would require that Hardy remained away from all team activities while on the exempt list.

Hardy was convicted on the two charges, by a judge in July of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend  and has appealed that conviction and is scheduled for a jury trial that begins on Nov. 17. If the sentence is upheld, he will face 60 days in jail and 18 months’ probation.

Hardy was deactivated for this past Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions and had returned to practice on Monday to resume team activities.

The league and the Panthers are under increasing public scrutiny  over the issues of domestic violence. Head coach Ron Rivera who deactivated Hardy on Sunday was forthright in his assessment of the situation.

“My rationale was because this was in the best interest of the Carolina Panthers,” Rivera said after the game. “We had to do this, I did this and that’s it.”

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