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Ex-Elmhurst, IU star Hardy arrested in LA

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Former Elmhurst and Indiana University football standout James Hardy was arrested after Los Angeles police say he resisted arrest.

Officers were called to the 600 block of St. Paul Avenue about 4 p.m. Sunday on a report of a disturbance, LAPD officer Diana Figueroa said.

Hardy, 28, refused to comply with officers, police said.

“The officers did intend to tase the suspect, and they were involved in a use of force,” Figueroa said.

Hardy, who played for the Buffalo Bills and spent time with the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL, was listed at 6-foot-7, 220 pounds when he played for IU.

Hardy and one officer were transported to a hospital after the encounter, Figueroa said. Other media reports said three officers suffered minor injuries.

Hardy was later arrested on a charge of resisting an officer and was being held on $25,000 bail.

Hardy was selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Bills. He caught 10 passes for 96 yards with two touchdowns in two seasons with the Bills. He spent time with the Ravens, but never played in a regular-season game for Baltimore as injuries hampered his professional career.

Hardy was a standout football and basketball player at Elmhurst. He won the Tiffany Gooden Award as the top SAC basketball player in 2003 and 2004.

He went to IU on a basketball scholarship and was a walk-on with the football team.

After playing 23 games for the basketball team during the 2004-05 season, he gave up the sport to concentrate on football.

Hardy finished college with 191 receptions for 2,740 yards and 36 touchdowns. He had 79 catches and 16 touchdowns as a junior, helping the Hoosiers to their first bowl appearance in 14 years, a 49-33 loss to Oklahoma State in the Insight Bowl.

Hardy is the Hoosiers’ all-time leader in career receptions.

Hardy was selected in the second round by the Bills in the 2008 NFL draft after leaving IU after his junior season. He caught 10 passes for 96 yards with two touchdowns in 16 games with the Bills before being released in 2011.

Hardy then signed with the Ravens but was released before the 2011 season.

Sunday’s encounter with LAPD was not the first time Hardy has run afoul the law.

Hardy was arrested after the 2005 IU season on a charge of domestic battery, a charge that was later dismissed through a diversion program.

In 2008, Hardy pulled a gun on his father, James W. Hardy II, during an argument, according to a police report. No charges were filed.

Two days after a police report, Hardy and father released statements saying the situation was overblown.

tkrausz@jg.net

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