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Panthers DE Hardy Arrested On Assault Charges

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy has been arrested for assault on a female and communicating threats, according to Charlotte Mecklenburg police.

Police said in a press release Hardy turned himself in Tuesday and was transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

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 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.

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

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 office 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, 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.

Police obtained warrants for an arrest on Hardy.

Hardy turned himself into Mecklenburg County police on Tuesday morning.

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.

But he was still able to make it back for the season.

He has long been one of the outspoken players in the locker room.

The past two seasons have been two of the most productive ever by a Panthers defensive end, earning him the franchise tag tender.

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