Greg Hardy goes on Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list
As expected, the Carolina Panthers have moved defensive end Greg Hardy to the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list on Wednesday.
Hardy was convicted by a North Carolina judge of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, though he is appealing to a jury trial, which is scheduled for mid-November. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman told reporters that he will remain on this designation until at least after his trial.
Gettleman also said that Hardy was given the option to go on this list or the team could continue with what they were doing. He was deactivated this past Sunday after playing in the team's season-opener.
Hardy being placed on this list follows Vikings running back Adrian Peterson being placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list early Wednesday morning as he deals with being indicted over child abuse allegations.
To put a player on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, the team has to get the go-ahead from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Hardy will still get paid for this season as he signed the team's franchise tag, worth $13.116 million.
Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera both said that Hardy chose to go on this list, reiterating it was his choice. The NFL Players Association released a statement making the same claim.
"Today, Greg Hardy made a decision to take a voluntary leave of absence to resolve his pending legal issue," the statement reads. "The NFLPA and NFL worked with Greg, his representatives and the Carolina Panthers on this matter. We support this decision and hope the best for him and his family."
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