Report: NFL looking into intervening on Greg Hardy

While Ray Rice ultimately received an indefinite suspension by the NFL for punching his then-fiancee in the face at a casino, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was able to play in Carolina's Week 1 game against the Buccaneers two weeks ago.

Hardy was found guilty by a judge in North Carolina for assaulting his girlfriend at the time and threatening to kill her. But since he's appealing the case to a jury trial, the Panthers and the NFL allowed Hardy to play while due process plays out in the legal system.

With a lot of outrage pouring over that decision, Panthers coach Ron Rivera decided to deactivate Hardy for this past Sunday's game against the Lions. And now it looks like the NFL is considering stepping in.

According to the NFL Network, the league is considering intervening on the issue and punishing Hardy.

That's great and all, but this is yet another sign of the NFL doing something too little too late. The appropriate thing would have been to punish Hardy the moment he received his guilty verdict. But the Panthers and the NFL didn't do the right thing and are only now considering these steps based on the negative public perception the franchise has been facing.

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