Carolina Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney was reinstated on Friday after the NFL informed the team that a two-week investigation revealed no evidence Hurney harassed his ex-wife.
Hurney was placed on paid administrative leave three days after Jeanne Hurney filed the complaint in a Charlotte court on February 2. The complaint was withdrawn four days later, but the NFL followed through with its own investigation under the personal conduct policy.
NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said the league reviewed all available law enforcement and court records, sworn testimony in prior proceedings in addition to interviewing Hurney and members of the Panthers.
“We also requested an interview with Mr. Hurney’s former wife, which was declined through her attorney,” McCarthy said. “Our investigation identified no evidence to support an allegation of domestic violence or similar conduct that would constitute a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.”
According to ESPN, Hurney remains the favorite to be named the Panthers full-time GM, with an announcement coming as soon as Monday.
The Panthers also interviewed Buffalo assistant director of scouting Lake Dawson, Houston Texans assistant general manager Jimmy Raye III and Martin Mayhew, senior personnel executive with San Francisco, for the fulltime general manager job. Only Dawson was brought in for a second interview.
Hurney was named the interim GM the week prior to training camp after Dave Gettleman was fired.
The team had tentative plans to announce the new general manager two weeks ago before the allegations were made against Hurney, but put them on hold while the NFL investigated.
Hurney’s ex-wife withdrew the complaint after the judge denied a temporary restraining order during an ex parte hearing in which only Jeanne and her attorney appeared.
Hurney informed the team of the complaint two days later and the team informed the league office.
Hurney and his ex-wife’s divorce became official in January of 2014. He has since remarried.
This all came 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.