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Rivera calls Hardy 'heck of a young man'

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Other than saying Greg Hardy is a "heck of a young man,'' Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera did his best on Friday to keep the focus off the legal issues facing the star defensive end and on the team's rookie minicamp.
   Holder said in court documents filed Thursday that her "short-lived relationship'' with entertainer/rapper Nelly led Hardy to snap.
   Until Friday, the only comment out of the Panthers was a statement saying the organization was disappointed and would continue to look into the situation.
   "I'm really not, other than to say Greg's a heck of a young man and we'll go from there.''
   Hardy's arrest is the latest in what Rivera called an "interesting'' offseason for the Panthers, who are coming off a 12-4 season.

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