Panthers place interim GM Hurney on leave after harassment claims surface

Aubrey Yates
February 7, 2018

The interim general manager of the Carolina Panthers has been placed on leave after his ex-wife accused him of harassment, according to multiple reports.

His ex-wife, Jeanne Hurney, later dismissed the complaint, according to her attorney.

The NFL continues to investigate the matter. An immediate restraining order was denied by a judge, who said he saw no evidence of domestic violence. The Panthers notified the National Football League that Hurney's ex-wife filed for a protective order Friday. It is unclear if the hearing will go forward. 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. She also expressed fear that he "may resort to violence" and "my privacy has been violated for the past seven years". She claims Hurney or his friends broke into her home and/or classroom and put post-it notes in one of her books with words such as "victim" or "terrorize".

When Hurney was initially promoted to the general manager position in 2002, the Panthers were coming off a 1-15 season.

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Prior to his current stint, the 62-year-old Hurney worked for the Panthers from 1998 to 2012.

Marty Hurney told the Panthers about the accusation Sunday, team officials told NBC Charlotte. "They are divorced. That doesn't seem newsworthy". Hurney served as general manager from 2002-2012, when he was sacked and replaced Dave Gettleman.

The Panthers also talked to three other candidates - Lake Dawson, Jimmy Raye III and Martin Mayhew.

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