Panthers news: Interim GM Marty Hurney put on paid leave
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Panthers interim GM Marty Hurney put on paid leave

Marty Hurney

The Carolina Panthers have an interesting issue to deal with to begin the NFL offseason. According to a report by Joseph Person and Michael Gordon of The Charlotte Observer, Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney has been placed by Carolina on paid leave in light of an ongoing NFL investigation of harassment allegations made by Hurney’s ex-wife, Jeanne Hurney.

The Carolina Panthers have placed interim general manager Marty Hurney on paid leave after his ex-wife accused him of harassment last week.

The NFL is investigating Hurney under the league’s personal conduct policy, team spokesman Steven Drummond said. The Panthers notified the NFL that Hurney’s ex-wife filed on Friday for a protective order. Hurney notified the Panthers on Sunday of the filing, Drummond said.

The judge who presided over the case, however, said that there no evidence that would point to Hurney committing any form of violence against Jeanne.

The judge who heard Jeanne Hurney’s complaint said there was no evidence Hurney had committed acts of domestic violence against her. District Judge Ronald Chapman refused to issue an immediate restraining order against Marty Hurney. Chapman set a Feb. 16 hearing on the complaint.

Adding to the drama was Jeanne Hurney’s withdrawal of her complaint.

Jeanne Hurney told the Observer on Tuesday that she had withdrawn her complaint and referred other questions to her attorney, Jonathan Feit. “It’s been really emotional,” she said.

Marty Hurney was named by the Panthers as the team’s interim general manager after they fired Dave Gettleman in July. Hurney was strongly being considered for the full-time position, but this harassment allegation certainly damaged his candidacy. Hurney was the Panthers’ general manager from 2002-2012