Panthers' stadium hosts domestic violence event while Greg Hardy jailed for domestic violence

Bad timing: Greg Hardy's arrest coincides with Panthers' domestic violence awareness event

5/14/14 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Panthers' stadium hosts domestic violence event while Greg Hardy jailed for domestic violenceYou can't blame the schedule makers for this one. When the domestic violence prevention organization Men for Change held their annual breakfast and silent auction Wednesday morning at the Carolina Panthers' Bank of America Stadium, it should have been an inspiring occasion for the Panthers organization to raise money for the newly opened Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter in Charlotte. Men for Change was on the brink of raising its one millionth dollar, with the Panthers football organization onhand to help celebrate the milestone.

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.

Blog Photo - Panthers' stadium hosts domestic violence event while Greg Hardy jailed for domestic violence"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.
 
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