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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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Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”

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It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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