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Panthers star Greg Hardy arrested

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy will spend Tuesday night in jail after being arrested on misdemeanor charges of assault on a female and communicating threats.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Julia Rush said in an email to The Associated Press Hardy will spend the night in Mecklenburg County jail and will have a court appearance Wednesday morning in Charlotte.

Hardy turned himself in Tuesday and was transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office where he was booked. He appeared before the magistrate where he was not issued bond.

It is normal procedure for suspects in domestic violence cases to be denied bond as part of a 24-hour cooling off period.

The Panthers said in a statement, "We are very disappointed to learn of the allegations involving Greg and are concerned for all parties as we continue to investigate."

Hardy's agent Drew Rosenhaus declined comment to The Associated Press.

Hardy signed the team's franchise tag tender in March and will make $13.116 million this season if he doesn't sign an extension before July 15.

The 25-year-old Hardy has 26 sacks over the past two seasons with the Panthers, including a franchise-tying 15 in 2013.

According to the police report, patrol officers responded to a domestic violence assault call for service at 4:18 a.m. Tuesday in Charlotte.

The report states that upon arrival officers spoke to the victim, a 24-year-old white female, who advised that she had been physically assaulted and threatened by Hardy. The victim also stated that she and Hardy had been in a relationship since September 2013.

The report also states the victim suffered bruises and scratches, but refused treatment.

After talking with the woman, police obtained warrants to arrest Hardy.

The Panthers recently agreed to give Hardy a $1.3 million advance on his franchise tag if he attends the team's voluntary offseason workouts.

Hardy has been a flamboyant personality since joining the Panthers and regularly refers to himself as the "Kraken," after a mythical sea creature.

A motorcycle accident before his second season with the team left Hardy with severe skin burns and prevented him from participating in the team's training camp, although he still made it back for the 2011 season.

He has long been one of the outspoken players in the locker room, predicting a late-season win against Atlanta in 2012.

He has also been one of the most productive the past two seasons, earning him the franchise tag tender even though the Panthers are strapped under the salary cap.

By keeping Hardy, the Panthers were forced to let other free agents walk, including safety Mike Mitchell, cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and wide receivers Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon. The team also released wide receiver Steve Smith.

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djs8888 May 14 2014 at 9:48 AM

If only a large portion of their paycheck was based upon their ability to avoid confict and contribute to society. If God hadn't given him physical skills he would just be another gangster, drug dealing, multiple felon. He certainly isn't alone...

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blaiqck May 14 2014 at 7:34 AM

JUST ANOTHER ONE!!!! NO ONE SHOULD BE SURPRISED. BUT THE FANS WILL STILL BUY TICKETS TO SEE THESE OVERPAID, ARROGANT BOYS PLAY A SPORT THAT HAS LOST ALL ITS HIGH STANDARDS........ I REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN SPORTS FIGURES WERE COMMON FOLK, NOT OBNOXIOUS ASSH----.

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tmccull52 May 14 2014 at 7:24 AM

Jeepers. Yet another story about a professional athlete that has committed domestic battery and assault. Who would have ever seen that coming. A professional athlete does not automatically qualify as a hero, or a role model. Words like "hero" and "great" are terms and assignations that are tossed about and used far too liberally these days. Jackie Robinson was a hero. Al Kaline was a hero, if you restrict the use of the word to the way that these men conducted themselves on and off of the field. They were true gentlemen of the game. We coddle prospective athletes like Greg Hardy from an early age, and teach them that anything that they do, or want, is permissible, so long as they perform on the field. Nothing that they do is wrong, so long as they excel in their given sport. And then we wonder why they eventually go off like human hand grenades?

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Lewis & Lewis May 14 2014 at 7:14 AM

Ahhhhh! Say It Isn't So"
All them hits to the pluckin head have something to do with this BS. Girls is meant for kissing loving cooking and yes having other little boys and little girls. My heart cry out for ladies having baby boys and running the dad off. Than try to bring a kid up to play pro sports so the child can go against the dad that was ran off. Only a dad can learn a boy to respect the ladies.......

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hkosrofian May 14 2014 at 7:03 AM

This goes on all the time. Obama won`t touch this issue, he is more intereted if there is a gay player in the NFL AND NBA. He won`t address the killings that take place in urban america manily Black on Black, those streets look like beriut in CHICAGO. IF you talk about this your a raciest. WE ARE TO THE POINT WHERE whats down is up, whats in is out. RADICALS HAVE TAKEN CONTROL THIS IS WHAT YOU GET. YOU GOT WHAT YOU VOTED FOR AMERICA !!!!!!

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giyank1 May 14 2014 at 7:00 AM

Nothing new here. Thug and white trash

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Lewis & Lewis giyank1 May 14 2014 at 7:24 AM

Shes better off getting her butt beat by a black man. Just think a white boyfriend would have just killed her off. Smiling

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rjen164497 May 14 2014 at 6:50 AM

Black man beats white woman, NFL does nothing. White man calls black man names, banned for life. Huh.

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Lewis & Lewis rjen164497 May 14 2014 at 7:17 AM

You almost got it right.Black man become a star and going to the pros to make millions. White man make sure the black man marry a white woman and leave the black woman in the hood who made him in the first place.

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duke May 14 2014 at 6:43 AM

Ban him for Life !

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Lewis & Lewis duke May 14 2014 at 7:25 AM

By any chance would your first name be david?

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Card King! May 14 2014 at 6:35 AM

He should be banned for life from football, and fined 2.5 Mil

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lfrantz2 May 14 2014 at 6:21 AM

another typical MFL player.........Ho humm

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