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Carolina Panthers Player Greg Hardy Benched Over Domestic Violence Conviction

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In the wake of the Ray Rice scandal, the Carolina Panthers made the decision to bench their 6-foot-4, 275 pound defensive end, Greg Hardy.

On Sunday, Hardy was deactivated just before the team’s game against the Detroit Lions because of  his recent domestic violence conviction. The team confirmed the news on Twitter, writing that it was coach Ron Rivera’s “decision to deactivate Hardy and that it was in the best interest for the team.”

“We have to go through a very difficult process and he has to go through one, as do other people, as well,” Rivera said. “This is a very serious situation and set of circumstances. We are going to work things out, and, hopefully, we get it right.”

Back in May, Hardy allegedly chocked his then girlfriend, dragged her by her hair and threatened to end her life.  The NFL player was convicted in July of assault on a female and communicating threats. He was sentenced in July to 18 months of probation and a 60-day suspended sentence. Greg has appealed the guilty sentence.

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