CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested Tuesday, accused of assaulting his girlfriend.
Hardy has been charged with assault on a female and communicating threats.
In court Wednesday, Hardy’s attorney said the woman caused the problems in the domestic incident, citing that she would not leave his apartment.
Hardy got into a fight with his 24-year-old girlfriend at an uptown apartment on North Tryon Street around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report.
Both Hardy and the victim were intoxicated at the time of the incident and Hardy’s attorney told the judge the victim attacked him, according to WSOC.
Hardy’s girlfriend, whose name was not included, suffered scratches and bruises but she didn’t go to the hospital, according to the report.
The judge gave Hardy a $15,000 bond for assault on a female and $2,000 for communicating threats.
Hardy was also order to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week.
Hardy’s arrest comes one day before a Men for Change breakfast at Bank of America Stadium.
The event raises awareness about domestic violence.
“We are very disappointed to learn of the allegations involving Greg and are concerned for all parties as we continue to investigate,” a representative for the Panthers said in a statement.
Hardy, nicknamed “The Kraken,” was drafted by Carolina in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft and played his college ball at Ole Miss.
Hardy signed a franchise tag tender with the Carolina Panthers in March. He will make $13.1 million next season if he doesn’t sign a long-term extension before July 15.