Carruth has been used by some as a precedent for how the Panthers might react to this situation.
Smitty was an elite talent so the reaction to his multiple transgressions were complicated. The circumstances were different but the bottom line is that he viciously assaulted two people who could have just as easily pressed charges and there was no question about his guilt.
Hardy's situation is more sensitive because he assaulted a female but I promise you that the Panthers reaction is complicated based on his talent. If Wes Horton was in this same situation he would have been cut already.
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I wonder if it is possible that JR may invoke the clause in his contract "conduct detrimental to the best interest to Pro football" or would Hardy's appeal keep him from doing so ?