Bad timing: Greg Hardy's arrest coincides with Panthers' domestic violence awareness event
Slight problem. As the breakfast event began, Carolina Panthers franchise player Greg Hardy sat less than two miles away in Mecklenburg County Jail -- on domestic violence charges. He'd been hauled in on a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend, and would be charged and released later Wednesday morning on $17,000 bail.
It was awkward, but the Panthers held a domestic violence awareness event while Greg Hardy was in jail for domestic violence. To their credit, the Panthers acknowledged Hardy's arrest--albeit without naming him.
"Unfortunately, on this morning we’re dealing with a similar situation that is disappointing to all of us, and it again says the importance of your work in this community,” Panthers president Danny Morrison said in the Charlotte Observer. “Thank you for what you do in the community, and thank you for making a difference in this very important subject."
If you don't follow much Carolina Panthers football, Greg Hardy is the guy who called himself "Kraken, Hogwarts" on Sunday Night Football this year.
This awkward timing would be funny, except for the horrifying details about the alleged victim being thrown into a bathtub, strangled and tossed against a bed covered with "assault weapons and/or shotguns". The Charlotte Observer has really terrifying NSFW audio of a neighbor's 911 call as the incident took place.
Hardy has not yet had his day in court (except to make bail) so we cannot assume anything about his innocence or guilt. Previously, he has only had traffic violations. But it does make you want to wonder why the NFL issues more severe penalties for marijuana than it does for domestic violence.