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Panthers' Hardy released from jail on $17,000 bond

Greg Hardy Bond Set At $15,000

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was released from jail on $17,000 bond Wednesday, one day after being arrested on charges of assault on a female and communicating threats.

Hardy left jail wearing sweatpants and a black tank top but did not comment.

Charlotte Mecklenburg County Judge Rebecca Thorne Tin called Hardy a potential threat and ordered him not to have any contact with the accuser and to attend three Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week.

In the arrest warrant, the 24-year-old accuser alleges Hardy threw her on a pile of guns and threatened to kill her.

She filed a protective restraining order against Hardy on Wednesday, saying he attacked her in his apartment and "picked me up and threw me into the tile tub area in the bathroom" and that she "has bruises from head to toe."

She also says in the filing that the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Hardy pulled her by the hair and "was screaming he was going to kill me, break my arms and other threats." She says Hardy choked her with both hands around her throat before picking her up and throwing her onto a couch "covered with assault rifles and/or shotguns" and "bragged that the guns were loaded."

"He threatened to shoot me if I went to the media or reported his assault to anyone," she says.

She says Hardy has approximately 25 to 30 firearms in his downtown Charlotte apartment, including an AK-47. She says she eventually got out of the apartment, where she ran into Charlotte Mecklenburg police.

Hardy's attorney, Chris Fialko, refuted those allegations Wednesday.

He argued in court - and later outside the courtroom - that Hardy and Sammy Curtis, his administrative assistant, were attacked by the accuser, and that it was Hardy who made the 911 call to police at 4:18 a.m. Tuesday.

But the accuser's attorney, Stephen Goodwin, said his client was held down by Curtis and prevented from calling police.

Goodwin called Fialko's claim that Hardy was the one attacked by the accuser false.

"The physical evidence doesn't even come close to matching that," Goodwin said.

Goodwin said Hardy and the accuser, who he said works as a waitress in Charlotte, were involved in a relationship and previously lived together. They were not living together at the time of the incident, which occurred at an "after hours" party.

Goodwin said he doesn't know what sparked the fight, but Tin stated in the courtroom that both parties were drinking alcohol.

Tin said the court was "very concerned" about the bruises on the accuser's neck and back.

Hardy spent Tuesday night in jail and appeared in court Wednesday wearing an orange jump suit.

Police said patrol officers responded to a domestic violence assault call early Tuesday morning.

Hardy tied a franchise record with 15 sacks last season for the league's second-ranked defense. He had 11 sacks in 2012.

That production convinced the salary-cap strapped Panthers to make Hardy their franchise player at $13.116 million for one season. Hardy signed the team's offer sheet in March.

The Panthers said in a statement Tuesday they were "very disappointed" to learn of the allegations and planned to investigate.

Hardy's NFL agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was in the courtroom but declined comment. Hardy's next court date is June 27.

The Panthers organization is particularly sensitive to domestic violence issues.

In 2001, Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth was found guilty of conspiring to murder his girlfriend, Cherica Adams, who was carrying his child. Carruth was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison.

Hardy's court appearance comes on the same day the Panthers hosted a breakfast at their stadium for "Men For Change," a group that serves victims of domestic violence.

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Rick May 14 2014 at 10:28 PM

Let's see waitress and dating a pro football player who is rich. Must be white

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xxtwistdanglxx16 May 14 2014 at 9:06 PM

I'm gonna be seriously disappointed in CMPD and the DA's office if these charges just get swept under the rug. I'm normally proud of my city and I'd hate to see them ignore these serious charges. Shame on the Panthers if they don't punish him.

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heytoots48 May 14 2014 at 9:07 PM

WHY AFTER YOU WRITE AN ARTICLE OF DOMESTIC ABUSE DO YOU THINK IT IS OF ANY INTEREST TO ANY ONE WHAT HIS STATS ARE?????? REALLY?????? WHY DON'T YOU WRITE ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE DIE DO TO ABUSE. IT IS REALLY LIKE YOU EXCUSE THE BEHAVIOR BECAUSE THEY ARE SPORT STARS. F THAT

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kgc073 heytoots48 May 14 2014 at 9:19 PM

I really hope this does not effect his playing though.

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stevehere222 May 14 2014 at 9:15 PM

No woman in the history of mankind has ever made up a story like this.

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dhendr3229 May 14 2014 at 9:17 PM

"..WORKS AS A WAITRESS..." So he was living with a Hooters girl..... 2 sides to every story and that applies here as well. Yes he was wrong but I wonder what her role in this whole ordeal was?

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tsr5112 dhendr3229 May 14 2014 at 10:37 PM

He was the thig, shewas the victim. Understand now?

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Racoon May 14 2014 at 9:33 PM

Is It me????Or is this the norm for these thug niggers in sports that keep breaking the law?

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Lewis & Lewis Racoon May 14 2014 at 9:54 PM

Its you like you.

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Dave May 14 2014 at 9:36 PM

If true he needs to be released once confirmed is true.

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DAD THE GREAT ON May 14 2014 at 9:37 PM

I'm stunned !

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texastotenmom May 14 2014 at 9:37 PM

magic n c barkley n this pos all should be banned n thrown out of the league n ;put on the backs of garbage trucks yellin~~MON~BACK cause all 3 are nothing but black garbage~~BOYCOTT all NBA n all NBA apparel

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tsr5112 texastotenmom May 14 2014 at 10:07 PM

Don't have to boycott. I'm not into black sports.

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ectullis May 14 2014 at 9:40 PM

Black, of course

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