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Dave Gettleman: Greg Hardy case 'very concerning and very disappointing'

Found guilty by judge of assaulting a woman. Jason Butt

Print This July 24, 2014, 03:07 PM EST
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As testimony came out in Greg Hardy's assault case last week, it was clear a level of dysfunction was present.

Hardy was found guilty by a judge of assaulting his then-girlfriend Nicole Holder after a night of partying. The details included Hardy backhanding her, slamming her hand against a toilet and threatening to kill her in the presence of guns. 

Hardy has appealed and will have a jury trial.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman commented on Hardy's legal matter Thursday, via the team's official website

"We constantly talk to our players about putting themselves in a position to succeed, both on the field, and even more importantly, in life," Gettleman said. "What's happened with Greg is very concerning and very disappointing. These are very serious allegations.

"We respect the fact that Greg has appealed the decision, and he's entitled to a jury trial. We have been in touch with the league. They have a personal conduct policy that we are a part of. We have to respect the legal process. That's where we're at.

"It's not an easy situation. It's in the courts, and we have to respect that process."

The Panthers gave Hardy the franchise tag designation this offseason, which is worth $13.2 million for the 2014 season. The organization can't be too happy about what Hardy was found guilty of, especially considering the NFL is hoping to appeal to more female fans.

In addition, a suspension is inevitable at this point for Hardy. With the NFL suspending Ray Rice for two games as a first-time offender without a conviction, Hardy should expect some punishment from the league's office.

It's now just a matter of when that decision will be made and how long he'll have to sit out for.

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