Ex-NFL star James Hardy arrested after confrontation with LAPD

Former NFL player James Hardy was arrested for allegedly resisting arrest after a violent confrontation with police that left two LAPD officers injured, authorities said Monday.

The incident unfolded when officers in the LAPD’s Rampart division responded to a call at 4 p.m. Sunday of “a man causing a disturbance” in the 600 block of St. Paul Avenue, said Officer Wendy Reyes.

When officers arrived and tried to calm down the former wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills, “he refused to cooperate with officers,” Reyes said.

After meeting resistance, officers used a Taser stun gun to try to subdue Hardy, but it was ineffective, she said. During an ensuing struggle, two police officers received minor injuries before Hardy was handcuffed.


Hardy was taken to a hospital and subsequently arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, Reyes said. He was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. The use of force is being reviewed by the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division.