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Hardy scheduled to appear in court

Former Elmhurst and Indiana football standout James Hardy is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing June 2 in Los Angeles on charges he resisted police, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

Hardy, who played for the Buffalo Bills and spent time with the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL, is charged with resisting an executive officer after an altercation with Los Angeles police on May 4.

Hardy and at least one officer required treatment at a hospital after the encounter.

Hardy was booked on May 5 and released the next day. He was originally scheduled to appear in court May 8, but after he failed to appear an arrest warrant was issued for him.

Hardy was a standout football and basketball player at Elmhurst. He 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.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.