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James Hardy, then with the Buffalo Bills, makes a catch during football training camp in 2008.

Former IU, Elmhurst football star to appear in court

Former Elmhurst and Indiana football standout James Hardy was released from jail and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday, according to Los Angeles County inmate services and L.A. Superior Court.

Hardy, who played for the Buffalo Bills and spent time with the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL, was arrested Sunday and charged with resisting an executive officer after an altercation with Los Angeles police.

Hardy, 28, refused to comply with officers responding to a report of a disturbance and force was necessary to subdue him, LAPD officer Diana Figueroa said

Hardy and one officer were transported to a hospital after the encounter, Figueroa said.

Hardy was booked at 1:25 a.m. Monday with bail set at $25,000, according to LA County Sheriff’s Department records. He appeared in court Tuesday and was released at 7:05 p.m.

Hardy was a standout football and basketball player at Elmhurst and went to IU on a basketball scholarship and was a walk-on with the football team.

He stopped playing basketball after appearing in 23 games during the 2004-05 season 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. IU lost 49-33 to Oklahoma State in the Insight Bowl.

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.

He has had other run ins with police.

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 the report, Hardy and his father released statements saying the situation was overblown.

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