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Cowboys DE Greg Hardy declines to sign Panthers helmet, gives fan $100 instead

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) looks on from the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Seattle won 13-12. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) looks on from the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Seattle won 13-12. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade) AP

If you’re in Dallas and want Greg Hardy to sign your Panthers memorabilia, you may get $100 instead.

That’s what happened to one man on Monday when he asked the former Panthers defensive end to sign a mini-Panthers helmet, according to the Dallas Morning News. Hardy, now with the Dallas Cowboys, declined to sign the Panthers merchandise.

But then Hardy reached into his pocket, took out a $100 bill and signed it “KRAKEN” for the man.

“That’s for the fans, man,” Hardy told the newspaper. “You got to show love.”

Before—and in many cases after—Hardy’s arrest in 2014 for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Hardy was a fan favorite among Panthers fans for similar kinds of fan engagements. He once did a reddit Ask Me Anything, and he told fans via Twitter they could meet him at a Charlotte-area mall while he was shopping.

Both of those instances happened on his own and outside the Panthers’ purview.

That endeared Hardy to fans in Charlotte—at least for a time—and it is continuing in Dallas.

“He’s playing exceptional,” Jeremy Smith, the 37-year-old fan who got the $100 bill, told the paper. “He plays with heart. He says what’s on his mind. I don’t have a problem with that. It may be a distraction, but I don’t care, he’s on our team, so I could care less.”

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