Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested on a drug charge Sunday night following a traffic stop by Richardson police.
Police arrested Hardy for possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, meaning less than one gram. The substance was cocaine, according to the police report.
Hardy could face a state jail felony charge, which usually carries a six month to two-year jail sentence and up to a $10,000 fine.
Hardy was booked into the Richardson City Jail but was released Monday afternoon, a jail employee told the Star-Telegram. Hardy’s bail had been set at $5,000.
Police pulled over Hardy for not using his turn signal while making a left turn after leaving a restaurant. A Richardson police officer informed Hardy he would be given a verbal warning and asked to search Hardy’s vehicle, according to the police report. Hardy granted permission, and police found a purple baggie with “a white, pasty substance” in Hardy’s wallet.
Hardy, 28, has a history of legal issues. He was involved in a domestic violence incident and spent most of the 2014 season on the NFL’s exempt list before trying to resurrect his career with the Cowboys last season.
The Cowboys brought in Hardy despite much public backlash in hopes of boosting their pass rush, but Hardy produced only six sacks and created much off-field drama for missing meetings and questionable social media posts.
Hardy has yet to get another opportunity in the NFL, and this latest arrest won’t help his chances.