I guess it's a double-edged sword. If he's found innocent I'll be glad they made this move and it would be great to have him back fresh for playoffs. But if he's found guilty it would've been better to go ahead and just cut him and terminate his contract. Obviously he might sue, but employers have all kinds of legal loopholes for conduct detrimental and damaging the brand.
Well considering that his legal process isn't over yet I don't know what else they can do. Anything else is just jumping to a conviction before one is given. The team is being punished by all of this but you can bet the parties involved have good lawyers who are doing the best they can to minimize the potential backlash. I think they have counsel telling them that suspension without pay prior to a conviction is a bad path to take. Until then they take a hit in the public court of opinion. And our coach is the one having to deal with it for some reason.
I think it means that neither the team nor the league wants to get held legally accountable for denying Hardy his salary if/when he is found innocent. The court of public opinion is just one of the courts that is playing a roll in these decisions.
The team did what they had to do. Hardy and the media and the lack of direction of the NFL forced this. If you blame the team for this you are likely the type who has always blamed them at the drop of a hat.
I doubt any other NFL city has to put up with this crap. Has anyone mentioned the ads on WFNZ where other bars are announcing they're THE OFFICIAL HOME OF THE BILLS/EAGLES/49ERS/BEARS, stuff like that? We get that advertised on our station, we get Redskins preseason games broadcast throughout Charlotte, most of our local sports guys are fans of other teams....beyond over that crap.
Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, San Diego, etc.....any growing city with a good econemy and decent climate that attracts people from around the country
Yes, he may be getting railroaded by media pressure. On the other hand, after agreeing to take $13 million of the Panther's money, he chose to hang out with a coked up woman, let her into his house, show off his guns, etc.
I'm not one to criticize any one of the above behaviors depending on the context. But when you've just been paid that kind of money, the least you could be expected to do is act responsibly, And no one can argue he was acting responsibly.
The person to get pissed at is Hardy. Not the judge, not the fuged up media, not the league office.
We certainly now know he's not the smartest person, that is for sure.