I've been in civil and criminal court many times but that doesn't make me a lawyer so I'm going to ask the benevolent judges that sit in session on the huddle...
Two parties agreeing on a settlement (with no proof yet that they did) means fug all in a criminal case. Settlements are for civil cases. The DA can still press charges against Hardy, but the case was dismissed because their leading (only) witness has been a lying flake since before the bench trial even started so the DA knows that she can't be relied on to make a case?
Correct. A settlement would mean nothing in a criminal case. However, paying off the star witness of the prosecution to take a vacation and not be available to her lawyers or to the court means that they have no recourse but to rule against her in the proceedings. Hardy being able to buy himself a not guilty verdict means a hell of a lot more to his career than however much it cost him to have her disappear. Because if you'll remember, this "flake" made every single one of her other court dates before mysteriously dropping off the face of the earth. Not just chilling at home, either. She's making it damn sure that she isn't going to be found for this.
I don't know why people get offended by articles like this. It's true. Players have down years. Star set the bar pretty damn high last season and his success hasn't continued. NT isn't some magical position where you can take up space and still be judged as successful based upon arbitrary metrics. At the end of the day, you still need to have tape that gets you noticed and the truth is that Star had PLENTY last season and virtually none this year. That's a disappointment.
Cam has as little to complain about as just about anyone on this team. If anybody should be upset, it's the defense that kept us in striking distance all day. If Cam hadn't played horrible for the first three quarters it wouldn't have come down to the final drive. I'm all for blaming the coaching staff for those STUPID calls on the final drive, but Cam could have iced this game with a half decent first three quarters.
Gutless football. What happened to "Riverboat Ron" with your three straight running plays on 1st and 10 when your QB is straight up dealing and moving the ball better than he has all year. A first down there might even end the game. Just the worst field management/clock management I have ever seen in my life.
Yes. If Kemba shoots 83% from the field, 100% from the FT line, and has a 7/1 assist to turnover ratio every game he will be a pretty good PG
Haha, I should have been more specific. I know nobody human can create those numbers every night. I just didn't see a lot of panic in his game. He played within himself and it showed. I think when he plays with that level of self control he's a hard player to defend. When the ball moves naturally to the right places and Al gets his touches it just frees up so much space for a net driver like Kemba to do work. It seems like sometimes that Kemba gets caught up looking at his point totals and forgets he has other guys on his team that can score the ball too. When he's making sure everybody gets touches, it makes him and the entire offense twice as dangerous.
Have you considered that he's a poor decision maker with the ball in his hands like everywhere he has been in his career would indicate? He's not a distributor he attacks the rim. Not many teams can win with a PG that doesn't pass.
You don't give the other offense the chance to win the game when you have the ball in your hands. You win or lose with your offense on the field in overtime in that position. I don't care what happens. I would have respected Ron if he had made the call to try to win the game. If not for a miraculous shank we WOULD have lost that game with our defense that gave up 40 points on the field and couldn't stop the Bengals from moving the ball all day long. Cam was in a rhythm and we needed 2 yards at most to continue the drive.
A tie does basically nothing for us. You have the ball in your hands. Your defense has sucked. You can win it with a touchdown. There is NO time left for another drive even if you get a defensive stop. Zero timeouts. The BEST you could hope for if you didn't convert there is a tie. No chance of winning the game. It was a horrible call.
Dude had a few scuffles in camp with other grown men. It's hilarious to me how many people are trash talking about Steve's "record" of hitting teammates when he hit 2 guys in 13 years in the heat of battle and on the other hand are defending Greg Hardy to the very last for putting his hands on a woman and being a general piece of poo even before that event. Steve has done more for this community in Charlotte than any one of you could ever dream, too.
Whatever, man. I know where the real fans are. If you don't love Steve you've got a fruitfly memory of all the amazing things he did for this team and the loyalty he showed this market when things were looking terrible. How many legit number one WR would have handled the decline of Jake, the Pickles era, the Matt Moore era, the David Carr era, the Vinny Testaverde era, the Brian St. Pierre era without going public to the media and demanding to be traded to a contender or at least a place with a real quarterback? If Steve doesn't make the HOF it'll be because he didn't do that and go chase a ring when things got tough here. And for all that, WE bailed on HIM when he showed the first sign of slowing down.
If you can't cheer for a player who gave your franchise everything he had for 13 years and put up HOF numbers for your squad then you my friend are a fan of a jersey. And realize how stupid that is for a minute. I am fans of the guys that fill these uniforms just as much as I am a fan of their success on the field. We have always had really good men playing for this team. Props to 89 for showing that Gettleman was flat out wrong in his evaluation of him being washed up. And if you take anything 89 says about Gettleman personally, then you need to get a grip. Gettleman tossed him out like yesterday's garbage and Smith of all people isn't allowed to use that as motivation? What was he supposed to do curl up and quit playing football? Please. This same fire you're hating from 89 is the same you used to cheer on Sunday and now you're all hurt about it?
Gettleman didn't like his attitude because Gettleman didn't understand him. He misjudged him and it's costing us. I'm happy for Smith and hope he hauls in 1500 yards this season, but I hope he gets held to 0 catches this week because that will help the Panthers win. Bottom line.
The way to cause a person predisposed to violence from acting upon those violent impulses is to have an awareness of the repercussions of those actions. Previously to the three cases you mentioned, the punishments were not nearly enough either socially or by the determination of the league to make any significant impact on behavior. We live in one of the most lenient on the rich and hard on the poor countries in the world from a justice system standpoint. Thomas Davis posted some statistics about the members of Congress that was actually really profound regarding the number of domestic abuses, driving under the influence, and other socially problematic behaviors that those men and women were responsible.
When a wave of consciousness comes and the public demands harsher stances, there are going to be a few that are singled out seemingly unfairly as the new protocol becomes an established part of how cases are to be viewed from that point forward. The NFL is screwing this up big time by making everything so murky and indefinite. There needs to be a clear protocol for how these situations are handled. From the moment that the DA decides to pursue charges, there needs to be an open dialogue with the player, the team, and the league about how to proceed. Once a verdict is rendered, there needs to be further action. If Guilty, there needs to be a protocol in place. If Not Guilty, restitution of any pay missed or fines related to absence dropped. If there are no grounds to appeal, suspension will be effective immediately. I know that not all cases are as clear cut, but right now it seems like Goodell is standing with his hands out to his public relations department screaming "Somebody PLEASE tell me what to do!", and nobody is giving him a satisfactory answer and he's a coward for not making the call on his own.
But back to the main point, it's going to look like a witch hunt against the players while this new protocol is sorted out but it's not. The public has demanded that we remove people who commit acts of violence against women and children out of the game as proportionate to the severity of the incident. That's a step in the proper direction. I can't be mad at the movement because it's one that needs to happen. I can't be mad that Hardy put himself in such a dumb position to make this issue apply to him. You just have to let the process play out and invest in players who are good citizens off the field as well as talented football players. That becomes even more a point of emphasis. It used to not be even remotely a consideration because it was such a light slap on the wrist even if your player was found guilty. That's progress.