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Panthers interim GM put on paid leave for harassment claim

Marty Hurney, interim general manager of the Carolina Panthers, talks with reporters as the NFL football team cleans out its lockers on move-out day at Bank of America Stadium, Monday, Jan. 8, 2017, following Sunday's first-round playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The interim general manager of the Carolina Panthers has been placed on paid administrative leave after his ex-wife accused him of harassment.

Team spokesman Ryan Anderson confirmed on Tuesday that interim general manager Marty Hurney is under investigation by the NFL under its personal conduct policy.

The Panthers brought back Hurney to be their interim general manager in July after then-owner Jerry Richardson fired Dave Gettleman days before the start of training camp. Hurney was the Panthers GM from 1998 through 2012. He's credited for building the core of a team that reached the Super Bowl two seasons ago.

Hurney and two others were to be interviewed for the position last week.

Jeanne Hurney said her ex-husband was "extremely controlling and was verbally and emotionally abusive" during their marriage. They married in 1988 and divorced in 2014.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Jeanne Hurney withdrew her complaint, but her attorney couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Updated February 6, 2018

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