Hardy is a great football player, done wrong by the NFL plain and simple. I believe the team tried to stand up for him because they believe he is innocent, or at least not entirely to blame for the situation. Ultimately placing Hardy on the exempt list was a spineless Roger Goodell move.
I'm sure Hardy was facing an out and out suspension by the league and accepted the exempt list to save face (and to ensure he still got paid). Probably the most prudent decision under the circumstances.
I would love for him to re-sign with Carolina, but I wouldn't blame Hardy at all if he decided to move on to a new town, away from the crazy crowd he got hooked up with in Charlotte. The young man deserves an opportunity to prove he is not the knucklehead the league and the media made him out to be.
Hate to agree with BR garbage, but Benji is not Megatron 2.0.
That said he is a GREAT player and a perfect fit for the offense. I think most of us have been very pleased with his production so far and think he has potential to be an elite possession type receiver. Once he gets his routes down pat and works out the easy-catch drops he seems to have from time to time, lookout. He will be a TD and first down machine.
Those expecting big YAC or for Benji to blow up 40 plus yard TDs on a regular basis are going to be disappointed. That is not the player we drafted folks.
Why do some panther fans refuse to support Cam? Derek Anderson is good, but he is not even close to the player Cam is. No serious football person could ever think he is. Did you see some of the throws cam made today under constant pressure?? With all due respect to Luke, Cam is the best and most important player on the team. If he can play, he should be out there.
For those of you claiming he should sue for slander, defamation of character, etc., my understanding is it's almost impossible for famous people to win cases of that type. I seem to remember reading there are different standards and thresholds for people in the public eye.
I know we have at least a couple of lawyers on here. Can one of you comment on this?
Correct. Public Figures have to prove the additional element of "actual malice" for defamation. Basically, that whoever said the false and defamatory statement did it with the intent to hurt the public figure somehow.
There are literally no benefits, unless you're Jerry Richardson. It greatly benefits him, mainly his wallet. You have to pay the thousands of dollars for the PSL (for every individual seat) plus the normal price for season tickets. Then you buy season tickets every single year thereafter. And you have to buy season tickets every single year or they take away your PSL and sell it to someone else, and you lose all of that money. You pay a ridiculous amount of money to feel entitled and feel special and walk around saying "I'm a PSL owner!" About the only benefit I see is being able to keep the exact same seat every year, but that's also a negative. If you just buy season tickets you can switch up sections every year and view the stadium from different angles.
Why anyone would pay throw away all that money for nothing is beyond me. And it's not like the tickets will ever become UNC-Duke @ Cameron levels of expensive and hard to get. There will always be seats reserved for season tickets and individual purchase. You'll always be able to get in the stadium anytime you please.
Don't let them tell you "well when the team wins a Super Bowl and tickets are 500% face value it'll be worth it." No it won't. It all evens out because you're still having to buy all those tickets when the team is 2-14 and the laughing stock of the league.
My dad bought a pair of PSLs in '95. He paid nearly $20k for 2 PSLs and has paid fill price for season tickets (full price for all preseason games also) for 20 years now. All those losing seasons, '01 1-15 & '10 2-14 teams that were unwatchable included, and he still had to fork over the money just to keep from losing his PSLs. Whereas I didn't buy PSLs, and I've never even bought season tickets because you have to pay full price for 2 preseason games. I've been to all but 5 games in Charlotte since '96. And I didn't have to buy PSLs or season tickets. Yeah, last year and this year I'll be paying a bit over face value, but all those years the team sucked I either got tickets for a fraction of the cost, and a lot of times people just gave them to me. I've sat in about every upper and lower level section and seen the stadium from all angles. Whereas my father has paid out of his ass every year and sees the games from the same seat every year.
Don't be a sucker.
PSLs got us this team. Without the commitment your dad, my parents, and thousands of other people made back before we got the team, the NFL would never have given JR the franchise. That is a simple fact. These people were not suckers. It's because of them you even have games to go to. They have every right to feel entitled.
Also, while we were one of the first team to finance a stadium this way, it has since become the standard.
Draft season always reveals something about a lot of Huddlers, and you can always tell who does and doesnt know what they are talking about with the different terms they use to describe prospects.
Fans who tend to use terms like "safe," "polished" "NFL ready" or ridiculous pyschoanalysis terms like "will" or "gutsy" or other stupid cliche's like "does he want it" or "will he hate football once he gets teh moniez?" tend to always show themselves as lesser minds (drven by walterfootball no doubt) or with such an all consuming fear or the prospect of greatness or a player *gasp* busting.
Fans who tend to use terms like "elite" and "rare" have consistently shown themselves on this site to be, year in and year out, more credible in their analysis of draft prospects and I take to trusting their opinions more than I do the feeble minds who evaluate prospects on the basis of how "safe" they are.
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