Reports: DE Hardy arrested on drug charge

Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy has been arrested on a drug charge, police have confirmed according to multiple reports.

Hardy was arrested in Richardson, Texas, for possession of a controlled substance shortly before midnight on Sunday night, according to reports.

Police have said that Hardy was in possession of a penalty group 1 drug. In Texas, that group of drugs includes cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ketamine, oxycodone and hyrdocodone.

He remained in the Richardson County jail as of Monday afternoon, with a bond set at $5,000, according to reports.

The 28-year-old Hardy played for the Dallas Cowboys last season after playing the first five years of his career with the Carolina Panthers.

He had six sacks in 12 games for the Cowboys in 2015 after missing the first four games of the season due to a suspension stemming from a domestic violence incident while playing for the Carolina Panthers in 2014.

He had two sacks of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in his first half of action last season and four sacks in his first four games but he had just one full sack in the final eight games and two half sacks.

The Cowboys’ coaches credited him with 35 tackles and a team-high 32 quarterback hurries. He also had five tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble.

Hardy did not produce the sack total the Cowboys had in mind when they signed him to a one-year deal worth as much as $13.1 million last year. That deal contained no guaranteed money and because of the suspension and failure to reach any of his sack incentives, Hardy earned roughly $8.8 million.

He also earned attention off the field. In his first extended public comments after the completion of his suspension he said he would come out “guns blazing” and made inappropriate comments about Brady’s wife. On at least two occasions, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had to speak to Hardy about his Twitter feed. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones also had a sit-down meeting with Hardy later in the season.

Though the charges from his 2014 domestic violence case were dropped and Hardy’s record was expunged, Deadspin released photos in November from the night of the incident between Hardy and his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder that showed bruising to her back, jaw and feet.

In an interview with ESPN, Hardy said he was an “innocent man” and denied he had ever put his hands on a woman. Of the photos, he said: “Pictures are pictures and they can be made to look like whatever they want to.”

Hardy was a Pro Bowl selection in 2013 when he had a career-best 15 sacks. He has registered 40 sacks in his career.

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer contributed to this report.

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