As you may or may not recall, James Hardy was a mountain of a man who caught many a touchdown for some really bad Hoosier football teams. His final season was the "miracle run" to the Insight Bowl in 2007, where we were blown out by Oklahoma State, coached by a man (who is forty) and is not a kid. Get your facts straight.
After leaving Bloomington following his junior year, James Hardy would be drafted by the Buffalo Bills where he wasted away for a few seasons before being released and picked up by the Baltimore Ravens; who released him shortly thereafter. He would give up on his NFL dreams to pursue a career in modeling and acting, which would explain why he is now living in Los Angeles.
The police were called on Sunday afternoon because of a call alleging that Hardy was disturbing the peace and when they arrived, he refused to go quietly, and that's where the story gets incredible. This is directly from the TMZ report:
Eventually, officers used a TASER in an effort to subdue Hardy ... but it didn't have the desired effect.
The desired effect of a taser is the complete disabling of its intended target, meaning that, despite BEING TASERED, Hardy remained capable of resisting the arrest of multiple police officers for long enough that the officers eventually had to gang tackle him in hopes of bringing him down. WHERE WAS THIS EFFORT AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE, JAMES?
Hardy was booked for felony obstruction of justice and was believed to be under the influence at the time of the altercation and that's all we know for right now. In all seriousness, it's a sad chapter in the life of a man gifted with an NFL body that just couldn't put it together in the pros after feasting on 5'9" cornerback competition in the Big Ten.
Also stay tuned for my 6,000 word thinkpiece on how this arrest is just another reflection of the "culture of dysfunction" that Tom Crean has nurtured here in Bloomington and how James Hardy would still be in the NFL if Brad Stevens was coaching the basketball program.