Panthers interim GM reinstated after harassment investigation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WSOC) — The Carolina Panthers announced Friday that interim general manager Marty Hurney has been reinstated after allegations of harassment were made by his ex-wife.

The team placed Hurney on paid administrative leave earlier this month when the NFL began an investigation into whether Hurney violated the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Hurney’s ex-wife filed for a protective order against him, claiming “he was extremely controlling and verbally and emotionally abusive.” However, the judge found no evidence of domestic violence and denied the request for a protective order. Hurney’s ex-wife then withdrew the complaint.

The NFL informed the team Friday that there was no evidence of a violation and the investigation is now closed.

NFL statement on Hurney investigation: 

We have conducted an investigation into the allegations against Carolina Panthers interim General Manager Marty Hurney, which included a review of available law enforcement and court records, sworn testimony in prior proceedings, and interviews of multiple persons including Mr. Hurney. We also requested an interview with Mr. Hurney’s former wife, which was declined through her attorney. Our investigation identified no evidence to support an allegation of domestic violence or similar conduct that would constitute a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.

Marty Hurney’s attorney statement on the decision:

This morning, the NFL cleared Marty Hurney of any wrongdoing and closed its investigation into the false claims made by his ex-wife. Consequently, the Carolina Panthers have lifted the related leave of absence, so Marty is headed back to work this afternoon.

It’s been a very long 2 weeks for Marty and his family. In this digital age, it’s nearly impossible to overcome suspicion, defend yourself, and clear your name once the court of public opinion gets a hold of a false narrative. The public scrutiny can be devastating and unrelenting. In this case, it was also unnecessary.  

 Words cannot express how thankful Marty is for the love and unwavering support of his family. He is grateful to the NFL for conducting a thorough investigation. He is also grateful for the continued confidence and support of the Panthers organization. Marty is looking forward to getting back to the work of building a strong and successful Panthers team for the 2018 season.

Hurney is a candidate to fill the Panthers’ full-time general manager opening. The team has also interviewed Bills assistant college scouting director Lake Dawson, Texans assistant general manager Jimmy Raye II and 49ers senior personnel executive Martin Mayhew.

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