Panthers’ Greg Hardy to play Sunday despite conviction

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera insisted Thursday that the team will wait for the legal process to play out before any action is taken against star defensive end Greg Hardy, according to WSOC.

In July, a judge found Hardy guilty of assaulting his girlfriend. Hardy appealed and a jury trial is now set for November.

The attention has been magnified this week following the NFL’s indefinite suspension of former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice. The move followed TMZ’s publishing of a video which showed Rice striking his then fiancé.

Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson broke out into tears while discussing domestic violence during an awards event Wednesday.

“Over our course of 20 years, we’ve worked extremely hard to build an organization of integrity,” Richardson said.

Despite what he said, Richardson has not punished Hardy.

Hardy is set to play in the team’s home opener Sunday.

Source: WSOC

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