According to the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers have placed interim general manager Marty Hurney on paid leave after his ex-wife accused him of harassment last week.
Hurney’s ex-wife filed for a protective order Friday. However, a judge who heard Jeanne Hurney’s complaint said there was no evidence Hurney had committed acts of domestic violence against her.
Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond confirmed that the NFL investigating Hurney under the league’s personal conduct policy.
One of Hurney’s lawyers, Kathi Lucchesi, called the allegations “complete fiction.”
Jeanne Hurney told the Observer on Tuesday that she had withdrawn her complaint and said: “It’s been really emotional.” In her complaint, Jeanne accused Marty of “extremely controlling and was verbally and emotionally abusive” during the marriage.
A hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 16 but it remains to be seen whether it will still take place after she withdrew her complaint.
A source tells the Observer that the NFL investigation will continue even if the complaint is withdrawn.
Hurney is among the candidates for the Panthers’ GM position, but this certainly isn’t going to help his chances of getting the full-time job.
Hurney is currently under contract through June while Rivera is finishing out the final year of his three-year, $19.5-million contract.
During his 13 years as the GM of the Panthers, Hurney’s teams have produced a record of 101-107 (48.55 percent), which including four playoff appearances and one trip to the Super Bowl in 2003.
We’ll have more regarding Hurney as the news is available.