Greg Hardy turns over firearms
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy surrendered an assortment of guns to police on Friday, a day after a judge ordered him to turn over all firearms and weapons as an amendment to his bond for domestic violence charges.
The surrendered items were assault weapons and shotguns. Officials from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said all the guns are legal under North Carolina statutes.
In North Carolina, a license is not needed to own a gun, only a permit to purchase and carry a concealed weapon, and that information is protected by state law.
The amendment for the weapons was made by Mecklenburg County District Judge Rebecca Thorne Tin, who set Hardy's bond on Wednesday at $15,000 for assault and $2,000 for threats.
Hardy was arrested on Tuesday and charged with domestic violence stemming from an incident with 24-year-old Nicole Holder, a woman with whom he's had a relationship since September. Holder said in the arrest warrant that Hardy threw her on a couch with 25 to 30 firearms on it, "AK-47s, automatic looking weapons shotguns, rifles and pistols."
"Some are permitted and some are not," she said in the statement.
The weapons turned over by Hardy were, according to police: a Tavor SAR, L1A1 Sporter, POF P-415, ISSC MK-22, SSAR SBS, ISSC MK-22, Highlander, Century Arms Inc. AK 149, Mossberg 590, and Benelli M-4.
Holder said her "brief relationship" with rapper/entertainer Nelly, who is a part-owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, triggered Hardy's reaction on a night both had been out drinking. Hardy's next court appearance is set for June 27.
Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman would not discuss how the charges against Hardy impacted the player's contract or potential to sign a long-term deal. Hardy was guaranteed a $1.3 million advance on his $13.1 million salary he received when the team gave him the franchise tag.
Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly told the Charlotte Observer on Thursday at Lowe's Motor Speedway, where he was preparing to be the honorary pace car driver for Saturday night's Sprint All-Star race, that Hardy hasn't been to all of the voluntary workouts since his arrest.
A source told ESPN.com that hasn't impacted the $1.3 million advance at this time.
Earlier Friday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera did his best to keep the focus off the legal issues facing the star defensive end and on the team's rookie minicamp.
Rivera would not comment on whether he and Hardy have spoken or any possible disciplinary actions the team's 2013 sacks leader (15) might face from the Panthers or how this might affect plans to sign Hardy to a long-term deal. He repeatedly referred to the situation as "pending."
"I'm not going to comment about it," Rivera said. "I'm really not, other than to say Greg's a heck of a young man and we'll go from there."
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released audio recordings of the 911 calls and radio dispatch concerning Panthers DE Greg Hardy's arrest.
Until Friday, the only comment out of the Panthers was a statement saying the organization was disappointed and would continue to look into the situation.
Second-round draft pick Kony Ealy, a defensive end out of Missouri, said he didn't have any "knowledge about anything that is going on."
"As far as that, I'm just out there trying to be better," he said.
Ealy said the rookies and other new players were not spoken to directly about Hardy's situation, but they were advised "you're on a different level now, so anything you do, everybody's watching."
Rivera said the league and teams are doing a lot more in education on domestic violence than when he played in the 1980s and early 1990s.
"It has changed," he said. "There is a lot the league is trying to do in working with the NFLPA making sure these young people are educated on situations and circumstances.
"A very important person for us is Mark Carrier. Mark is the director of player engagement. And again, [we're] trying to find ways to help these young men grow not just as football players, but as people."
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