Last season, the Carolina Panthers were the most exciting team to watch rise from the depth of the NFC to claim the No. 2 overall seed in the postseason. One of the reasons the team was so exciting was thanks to defensive end Greg Hardy, dubbed The Kraken, as he punished defenses and gave Panthers fans a hip new player to like.
But his recent arrest for misdemeanor domestic violence has cast doubt over his future with the team and ESPN’s David Newton wonders if this will mean the end of Hardy in Carolina.
While Newton in no way indicates that the Panthers are indeed thinking about cutting Hardy, as doing so would be foolish, he does highlight other recent Panthers players who ran into problems outside of football and ended up paying dearly. He also points out recent problems that Hardy has had that could all get lumped in with this arrest for assault.
Hardy won’t be cut before or during the season, but what this does is cast a shadow over Hardy’s season as the one year deal he signed with the Panthers may be the last one he ever gets from the team.