Minutes After Signing With The Panthers, Rookie Gets Released For Criminal Investigation

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He fought the law and the law won.


The last few seasons have seen NFL teams take a long, hard look at players with criminal issues. Domestic violence, drug issues and other legal troubles make NFL teams very warry when it comes to signing new talent.

The Carolina Panthers just rescinded an offer to Washington State defensive tackle Robert Barber just days after signing the unrestricted free agent when the team learned he was facing trial in second-degree felony assault charges. “The Panthers did not want to move forward until (Barber’s legal case) was settled,” Barber’s agent, Anthony Bendara said

It took the team less than twelve hours to make, and then rescind Barber’s offer. Barber will face trial in two weeks for allegedly punching a fellow student at Washington State in July of 2016 at a party. He attempted to get the charges dismissed but was unsuccessful. The incident was part of a larger fight between party-goers and WSU football players. He is a two-year starter for the Cougars at nose tackle. There is apparently interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars as well.

Is this the type of player Carolina should be interested in, or do they need to require a higher level of character?

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