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Ex-NFL Player

Injures 3 Cops

In Violent L.A. Arrest

5/5/2014 5:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former NFL player James Hardy III -- a 2nd round draft pick in 2008 -- attacked multiple police officers Sunday during a violent arrest in L.A. ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops were called to an apartment complex in downtown L.A. around 4:30 PM ... and when they arrived to the scene Hardy refused to cooperate. 

We're told Hardy -- a wide receiver who played for the Bills and the Ravens -- got aggressive and attacked the officers. We're told he injured at least three cops. 

Eventually, officers used a TASER in an effort to subdue Hardy ... but it didn't have the desired effect. 

Several officers ultimately were able to take Hardy into custody and he was arrested for felony obstruction of justice. Hardy was later transported to a hospital.  

Law enforcement sources tell us ... officers believe Hardy may have been under the influence at the time of the incident. 

Hardy is a BIG dude -- according to his booking sheet, the 28-year-old is 6'6" tall and weighs 225 lbs. 

Story developing ... For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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1.

Pilar Bernsteen de Juarez    

"Get your **** together son!" James Hardy II

120 days ago
2.

Just A Random Thought    

These sports players are out of control. Nothing but a bunch of over paid THUGS!!

120 days ago
3.

static    

Nice going dumbass.

120 days ago
4.

zombie    

Must have been a lousy player to be 28 and an EX football player. Now he's a thug. Congrats!

120 days ago
5.

Everyone just needs to relax...    

Even though he had a short NFL career, I'm sure he was smart with his money and saved up for when he could no longer monetize his physical ability.

120 days ago
6.

MightyMatt    

I'm sure he used his money for tuition for a Ph.D.

120 days ago
7.

Blond1982    

From NFL to Jail... Now thats a careermove hehe

120 days ago
8.

James R. - Los Angeles    

Not surprised.

120 days ago
9.

Oldfart    

How come you never see any stories about white nfl players assaulting cops? It's just weird

120 days ago
10.

Joe    

Another violent one commiting another violent crime.

120 days ago
11.

Joe    

What's worse: an 82 year old illegally being taped telling his girlfriend not to bring blacks to a game. Or a professional athlete role model, under the influence, being violent, and injuring cops. This guy needs to have his contract taken away and banned for life. If it happens to one for their actions in their private life, it should happen to all. Lets be fair.

120 days ago
12.

Officestew    

F the police

120 days ago
13.

olu32    

Another mess

120 days ago
14.

FLTom    

He's out of the league at 28, which means he was good enough to become a pro, but not good enough to last. He stood at the Golden Door, but it only budged an inch. Now he's face planting cops in anger, frustration and disappointment at his predicament. Sad, man. Sad and stupid.

120 days ago
15.

pj    

Damn and he's still alive !

120 days ago
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