For years now, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has been wearing a signature face paint design during games. The ‘Kraken’, who according to Hardy is his alter ego on game days, and the face paint that he uses to create the ‘Kraken’ have been banned by the NFL.
According to CBS Sports , the league office sent a summary showing all the uniform violations for the season and at the very top of the list was a picture of Hardy’s face paint. ESPN’s Dan Newton tweeted a picture of the memo below.
The rule against face paint isn’t a new one, but we also do not know whether or not Hardy has ever been fined for the paint. Well, if he hasn’t ever been fined the league has made it very clear that he definitely will be if the ‘Kraken’ is released this season.
In an interview in 2011, Hardy describes what the ‘Kraken’ really is.
“The Kraken is a giant monster that just demolishes everything that moves,” Hardy said in 2011. “On Wednesday or Thursday, I go down in my subconscious. I find him, and I unlock the cage. About Saturday he usually comes out. Then he’s always out on Sunday. I don’t control him then. What he does when I’m not there, I don’t know.”
Let’s hope for the Panthers sake that Hardy can still demolish players without unleashing the alter ego.