In December, the Carolina Panthers announced owner Jerry Richardson would be selling the team after disturbing allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct emerged.
Two months later, Carolina interim General Manager Marty Hurney could also be leaving the organization. As of now, Hurney is placed on paid leave a week after harassment allegations emerged against him from his ex-wife, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Hurney joined the Panthers’ front office in 1998, before becoming their general manager in 2002 and remaining in that position until he was fired in 2012. He then returned to the organization as interim GM in July of 2017, and has held the title ever since.
The NFL is investigating the harassment allegations against Hurley, according to team spokesman Steve Drummond. A protective order was filed by Hurney’s ex-wife last Friday. Two days later on Sunday was when Hurney let the Panthers know of the protective order, who then subsequently notified the NFL.
“The club advised the league of the matter in a timely fashion, and it is being reviewed under the personal conduct policy,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
The protective order wasn’t immediately turned into a restraining order by a local district judge. This is because the original judge who heard Jeanne Hurney’s complaint said there was no evidence of domestic violence. The next time the two will meet in court will be on February 16th for a hearing on the complaint.
Here is what Jeanne said of Marty in her complaint, according to The Charlotte Observer:
“In her complaint, she said Marty Hurney was “extremely controlling and was verbally and emotionally abusive” during the marriage. She said in the complaint that her phone, laptop and security system have been hacked and that she changed her locks three times in three days last summer. “My privacy has been violated for the past seven years with Martin’s behaviors of tracking me, my pets and violating my property,” the complaint reads.”
On top of the possible home violence, Jeanne included in her complaint that she believes Marty or his associates broke into her home where the “intruders” placed notes in her books around words like “terrorize” and “victim.”
Just last week, Hurney interviewed to become Carolina’s full-time GM for the second time. The Panthers hadn’t yet made a decision on whether he, or one of the other three candidates, would take over.