Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy, right, signs autographs after practice Sunday at training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. (Chuck Burton / Associated Press)
Spartanburg, S.C. — Convicted Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy said he wants to remain with the Panthers beyond this season.
Hardy addressed the media before Sunday’s practice but refused to answer specific questions about his recent conviction on two domestic violence charges except to say, “I hate that I have distracted my team.”
Hardy did not show any remorse during a six-minute interview and didn’t offer an apology to the victim in the domestic dispute.
Hardy, the team’s franchise player, was convicted this month of assaulting a female and communicating threats and sentenced to a 60-day suspended jail sentence and 18 months’ probation following a May 13 incident in which he attacked his ex-girlfriend in his apartment.
Hardy is appealing the conviction.
When asked directly and indirectly about his conviction, Hardy replied on six different occasions “I can’t answer that question.”
Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman last week refused to discuss how the conviction might impact Hardy’s long-term future with the team.
Gettleman would only say Hardy, who was given the tam’s franchise tag, is under contract for one season. Hardy signed the one-year tender in March, paying him $13.1 million for one season.
“It’s awesome,” Hardy said about signing. “I get to stay another year and hang out with my guys and play some football. Nothing really wrong with that.
“I love this place. This is a great atmosphere. I have had a great five years here.”
Hardy, entering his fifth NFL season, tied a franchise-record with 15 sacks last season and has 26 over the past two seasons as a starter.
The Panthers have decided to follow the league’s lead and not suspend Hardy pending the outcome of his appeal in a jury trial.
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