Former NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy had trouble finding a team in free agency this summer, but he’s had little difficulty finding his way into handcuffs again. The former Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers standout was arrested late Sunday night in Richmond, Texas for possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1. TMZ reports that controlled substance is cocaine. Bond was set at $5,000, and according to TMZ, Hardy bailed himself out.
Hardy’s off-field issues almost certainly contributed to him not making an NFL roster this season. He battled with coaches and teammates last year with the Cowboys, a campaign shortened because of his suspension for assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend.
Hardy showed no remorse for the incredibly violent incident that’s now expunged from his legal file. His reputation as a risk for any team to sign, however, remained. Still, Hardy’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was confident someone would take a chance on Hardy at some point this season.
“There is some substantial team interest in Greg,” Rosenhaus said to ESPN last month. “I do believe he will be signed in the near future by either a team that suffers an injury on the defensive line or a club that realizes it simply needs more talent on the defensive front.”
It’s hard to see it ever happening, but it’s plausible that some team decides to employ the 28-year-old Hardy again. But between this, his history of being a domestic abuser, and the fact that he was a horrible teammate with no work ethic in Dallas, no one would be surprised if he is out of the National Football League for good.