July 24, 2014 - Aaron Wilson
Dave Gettleman: Greg Hardy case 'very concerning and very disappointing'
<p> As testimony came out in Greg Hardy's assault case last week, it was clear a level of dysfunction was present.</p> <p> 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. </p> <p> Hardy has appealed and will have a jury trial.</p> <p> Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman commented on Hardy's legal matter Thursday, <a href="http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Gettleman-comments-on-Hardy/70b6605e-2dd5-4312-9a68-8608354f76db">via the team's official website</a>. </p> <p> "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.</p> <p> "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.</p> <p> "It's not an easy situation. It's in the courts, and we have to respect that process."</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> In addition, a suspension is inevitable at this point for Hardy. With the NFL suspending Ray Rice for <a href="http://footballpost.wpengine.com/Ray-Rice-suspended-for-first-two-games.html">two games as a first-time offender without a conviction</a>, Hardy should expect some punishment from the league's office.</p> <p> It's now just a matter of when that decision will be made and how long he'll have to sit out for.</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/jasonhbutt">@JasonHButt</a></p>