Greg Hardy’s trial is continued until after season
As the Panthers continue to play without defensive end Greg Hardy, they may be playing without him even longer than they had thought.
Per a league source, Hardy’s jury trial on domestic violence charges has been postponed. It had been set for November 17.
A judge previously found Hardy guilty via a preliminary trial so informal that the court doesn’t even create a transcript of the proceedings. Hardy has agreed to, as a practical matter, a suspension with pay pending the resolution of his case. He’s continuing to receive weekly installments of his $13.1 million franchise-tag salary.
According to the source, Hardy resisted the postponement. He wants to get the case behind him, so that he can return to football. Due to be a free agent after the season, Hardy will have a hard time making the case for a big contract on the open market if he hasn’t played since September.
The delay necessarily puts pressure on Hardy to strike a plea deal. But without a clear idea of the punishment the NFL would impose under the personal conduct policy, a plea bargain carries with it a high degree of uncertainty in the Court of Goodell.