Panthers' Hurney on leave after ex-wife's suit
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By David NewtonESPN Staff Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have placed interim general manager Marty Hurney on paid administrative league following a complaint of harassment by his ex-wife, team spokesman Steven Drummond said Tuesday.

Jeanne Hurney filed the complaint Friday but has since withdrawn it after the judge who heard the complaint denied a temporary restraining order during an ex parte hearing at which only Jeanne Hurney and her attorney appeared.

Marty Hurney, who interviewed for the full-time GM job last week, informed the team of the complaint Sunday, and the team then informed the league office, Drummond said.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said the league will investigate Hurney's situation under its personal conduct policy. That investigation will continue even though the complaint has been dropped.

This comes about two months after the NFL opened an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct by team owner Jerry Richardson. A December article in Sports Illustrated said at least four former employees were paid to keep quiet allegations of sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur directed at a former team scout.

Kathleen Lucchesi, one of Marty Hurney's attorneys, told ESPN that the allegations against her client were "absolute fiction" and part of a continued trend of allegations since the Hurneys began divorce proceedings in...



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