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Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy found guilty of assault

By Leighton Schneider,

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has been found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats towards her.

According to the Associated Press, Hardy was sentenced to 18 months of probation and a suspended 60-day jail sentence.

Hardy’s attorney Chris Fialko said he will appeal the verdict. That means that the probation will be on hold and Hardy will be allowed to travel while the appeal is pending.

According to the Charlotte Observer, North Carolina state law automatically gives people convicted of misdemeanors in bench trials the right to trial by jury in a Superior Court.

On May 13, he was involved in a domestic dispute in downtown Charlotte with the female. She accused him of assaulting her earlier that night and said that Hardy threatened to kill her.

Hardy told the judge that he was the one that was being abused.

Hardy signed a one-year, $13.1 million contract after the Panthers used a franchise tag on him. He made the Pro-Bowl last year after he finished the season with 15 sacks. The Panthers led the league in sacks last year with 50.

 
 

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