Bloomington, Ind. – James Hardy has reached a plea agreement with Allen County prosecutors in the aftermath of a spring altercation with his girlfriend in Ft. Wayne.
According to his attorneys, Hardy has accepted the pre-trial diversion conditions that have been agreed to by the district attorney and his lawyers. Upon completion of the conditions, Hardy will have the matter removed from his record. The terms of the diversion agreement were not spelled out.
"I want to thank the individuals who have helped me handle this difficult situation," Hardy said in a prepared statement. "Also, I want to apologize to Coach (Terry) Hoeppner, my teammates and everyone associated with Indiana University for any distraction this matter may have caused.
"My responsibility is to represent my family and Indiana University in the best way possible. I plan on working hard this upcoming year to make sure I do just that."
In a prepared statement, Hardy's attorneys Randall Hammond and Randy Fisher of Ft. Wayne said the agreement was "in the best interests of all the parties involved."
"This agreement will allow Mr. Hardy to now focus on family and raising his son, his coursework at Indiana University and the upcoming football season," the statement said.
With the criminal proceedings now behind him, it is unclear what disciplinary actions – if any – Hardy will face from IU Coach Terry Hoeppner. Indiana returns to the practice field Tuesday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. Hardy has participated in all of IU's practice to date.
""We are pleased that this matter has been resolved and we are eager to move forward," Hoeppner said in a prepared statement. "James is a valuable member of our football team, as well as the Indiana University community. I am confident he will continue to make positive contributions both on and off the field."
Hardy was IU's leading receiver a year ago, catching 61 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns.
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