Carolina Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney is meeting with an NFL investigator on Friday morning following his ex-wife’s harassment allegations, his attorney said Friday.
Hurney is scheduled to sit down with Lisa Friel, a former New York City sex crimes prosecutor who was hired by the NFL in 2014 to help the league handle domestic violence cases.
Kathi Lucchesi, Hurney’s attorney, confirmed Friday’s meeting with Friel in Charlotte.
The meeting is the latest step in what has been an unsettled offseason for the Panthers.
The team placed Hurney on leave and the NFL began its investigation this week after Hurney’s ex-wife, Jeanne Hurney, accused him of harassment in a request for a temporary protective order.
Jeanne Hurney has withdrawn the complaint, but the investigation leaves Hurney in limbo – not to mention the three external candidates who interviewed for the full-time GM position last week.
CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora tweeted that a decision on a new GM “could happen quickly” and advised readers to “expect an outside candidate.”
Team sources told the Observer on Thursday the Panthers were continuing through the process and nothing was imminent in terms of naming a full-time GM.
One source indicated that owner Jerry Richardson didn’t want to make any rash decisions when it comes to Hurney.
But there could be outside factors, namely possible pressure from the Fritz Pollard Alliance for the league and Panthers to make a decision rather than allowing the three minority candidates – Bills assistant college scouting director Lake Dawson, Texans assistant GM Jimmy Raye III and 49ers personnel executive Martin Mayhew – to continue to wait and wonder.
Dawson interviewed for the same position with the Panthers before they hired Dave Gettleman in 2013.
Raye worked with Panthers coach Ron Rivera and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner in San Diego.
Mayhew spent seven seasons as Detroits’s GM from 2009-2015.
Meanwhile, the calendar keeps turning closer to the start of free agency next month and the April draft.
And you wonder how long Richardson – who’s selling the team and under investigation himself – can wait for the league to finish its review of Hurney.