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  1. So now that the court case is settled and the dust has started to clear, attention now turns to Hardy's future. Sources inside the Panthers organization continue to state Hardy will not be pursued by the Panthers. Regardless, Hardy will be one of the heaviest sought after free agents of 2015. One factor that will determine Hardy's worth is the possibility of a looming suspension. While Hardy was not found guilty in a court of law in NC (the judge trial no longer valid), there is a precedence set by Ben Roethlisberger in 2010. Roethlisberger received a 6 game suspension for an incident where the prosecutors decided not to even press charges. Like Roethlisberger, Hardy is cleared of all criminal activity. However, also like Roethlisberger, Hardy showed judgement that reflected poorly on the NFL. Roger Goodell will sift through the original court transcript and the settlement agreed to by his accuser and likely come to the conclusion that Hardy is not blameless in this whole mess. We can also look at the Adrian Peterson debacle last season. Peterson spent time on the exempt list and then was also suspended when he pleaded no contest to his charges. Peterson's court outcome was different, but the damage done to the NFL's image was the same. Make no mistake, the punishments handed down in these instances have less to do with the cases and more to do with the damage done to the NFL brand. If the damage is done though player misconduct, there will be monetary punishment. If the NFL wishes to maintain any credibility they still have in matters of violence and abuse, they will have no other choice but to suspend Hardy. Suspending Hardy will server two purposes. First, it will penalize him where it hurts the most, in his wallet, something the exempt list did not do. Secondly, it will again set an example and serve as a reminder to all other NFL players that the 2015 season will be of zero tolerance to domestic abuse. For these reasons, I expect Greg Hardy to spend the first part of the 2015 season on suspension.
  2. According to NFL.com and the Charlotte Observer, the Carolina Panthers do not intend on having defensive end Greg Hardy back for the 2015 NFL season. "Greg Hardy is expected to receive significant interest on the free-agent market, but don't expect it to come from the Carolina Panthers." http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000469366/article/are-carolina-panthers-finished-with-greg-hardy It has been the Huddle's understanding that this is the case since training camp of 2014. It was difficult to find any Panthers staff member who thought Hardy may be brought back. The Panthers now allowing their sources to be confirmed in the local established media only solidifies the notion that Greg Hardy will not be a Panther in 2015. Discuss....
  3. It is now being reported on NFL.com that the Panthers will not seek to sign Greg Hardy. There seems to be a lot of confusion and doubt as to why the Carolina Panthers will pass on trying to re-sign Greg Hardy. Casual observers tend to want to point to one reason or another, but as usual the decision is made up of more than one factor. Here is the reasoning, as I see it, in our favorite method of display... the pie chart. COST Believe it or not, signing Greg Hardy to a deal that would allow him to play in 2015 was always doubtful. Dave Gettleman decided to franchise Hardy for a season, hoping it would be enough to keep the Panthers competitive another season while he groomed a possible replacement (see selecting Kony Ealy in round 2). Greg Hardy's salary was never in the books for 2015. With contract negotiations looming for Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, a long term big money deal for Hardy was a pipe dream from the start, PAST BEHAVIOR The Panthers felt greatly embarrassed by the situation around Greg Hardy and his domestic abuse case. Facilitated by the media, the damage the entire avoidable situation cost the Panthers brand last year was obvious. Seeing the Panthers logo on the national news for a month in association with domestic abuse did damage. After the incident, his strange training camp press conference, interesting tweets, non participation of workouts, god awful rap video, among other questionable acts aren't exactly what the team would have liked to have seen from Hardy. These things put together show an employer that maybe a lesson was not learned. FUTURE DOUBT This is the "fool me once" dilemma. I don't think anyone could say with a straight face they are positive Greg Hardy will have no more issues in his future. A common comment heard about this is a "behavior clause" in his contract would remedy the problem. The issue is, these clauses do not repair brand damage that is done, which in the long term can be much more costly to and organization. They also do not repair the embarrassment and distraction a team is forced to deal with in the media. COURT OUTCOME The court outcome here is irrelevant. Mainly because this entire situation was avoidable. All that is required to stay out of the national spotlight for negative reasons is good judgement. Yes, people make mistakes. Should Hardy be given a second chance if found innocent? Sure, but not on the Panthers squad. That ship has sailed.
  4. You love the Kraken, I love the Kraken. We pay to watch him perform on Sundays. But Greg Hardy has needed to learn to separate his professional life from his personal life for quite some time now. A bit of maturity is needed, and quickly. That is usually how it goes for 25 year old men. Throw in plenty of money and fame and often times you have a bigger problem. Over the years with the Panthers there have been signs of trouble. Namely tweeting pictures of dozens of shot glasses, his Bentley speedometer going over 100mph, a driving record with plenty of speeding tickets and a motorcycle accident to name a few. A problem that began in college causing him to plummet in the NFL draft has bled into the NFL Hardy can add a domestic abuse charge to his record, and that is no laughing matter. A lack of maturity has now cost him millions, and could cost him much more. It threatens the long term contract he has worked towards. Personal problems will now fall into the risk category when weighing Hardy's benefit. Even if found completely innocent, the domestic violence charge will follow him around the NFL. We don't yet know what happened yesterday morning. He very well may not be entirely at fault. However, he is 100% responsible for the position he has put himself in. The people he chooses to surround himself with also fall into the "needs maturation" category. These are all red flags leading up to something more substantial. All signs point to more serious problems on the horizon. The NFL is littered with these stories, and Hardy could just be the next sad character and punch line. Unless Hardy can get it turned around, and I mean right now. A full night in a jail cell could be the wake up call Greg has needed for quite some time. Forced to stay the night as a cooling off period, he hopefully used the time wisely and went through accelerated maturation. We all love the Kraken on the field. Lets hope Greg Hardy can learn to leave him there.
  5. You love the Kraken, I love the Kraken. We pay to watch him perform on Sundays. But Greg Hardy has needed to learn to separate his professional life from his personal life for quite some time now. A bit of maturity is needed, and quickly. That is usually how it goes for 25 year old men. Throw in plenty of money and fame and often times you have a bigger problem. Over the years with the Panthers there have been signs of trouble. Namely tweeting pictures of dozens of shot glasses, his Bentley speedometer going over 100mph, a driving record with plenty of speeding tickets and a motorcycle accident to name a few. A problem that began in college causing him to plummet in the NFL draft has bled into the NFL Hardy can add a domestic abuse charge to his record, and that is no laughing matter. A lack of maturity has now cost him millions, and could cost him much more. It threatens the long term contract he has worked towards. Personal problems will now fall into the risk category when weighing Hardy's benefit. Even if found completely innocent, the domestic violence charge will follow him around the NFL. We don't yet know what happened yesterday morning. He very well may not be entirely at fault. However, he is 100% responsible for the position he has put himself in. The people he chooses to surround himself with also fall into the "needs maturation" category. These are all red flags leading up to something more substantial. All signs point to more serious problems on the horizon. The NFL is littered with these stories, and Hardy could just be the next sad character and punch line. Unless Hardy can get it turned around, and I mean right now. A full night in a jail cell could be the wake up call Greg has needed for quite some time. Forced to stay the night as a cooling off period, he hopefully used the time wisely and went through accelerated maturation. We all love the Kraken on the field. Lets hope Greg Hardy can learn to leave him there. Click here to view the article
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