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Panthers Star Greg Hardy Arrested for Domestic Violence

5/13/2014 10:06 AM PDT

Greg Hardy Arrested for Domestic Violence -- Carolina Panthers Star Taken Into Custody

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Carolina Panthers defensive star Greg Hardy -- aka "Da Kraken" -- was arrested in Charlotte early Tuesday morning on suspicion of domestic violence ... this according to police. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD says ... cops received a call around 4:18 AM about about a fight involving Hardy and his girlfriend. 

When cops arrived to the scene, officers say Hardy's 24-year-old girlfriend had scratched and bruises.  She told cops they've been in a relationship since last year.  

Hardy -- 6'4", 290 lbs -- was ultimately taken into custody for assault and communicating threats. 

Hardy -- who made the Pro Bowl in 2013 -- is a big part of the Carolina defense ... and is reportedly set to make $13.1 million next season. 

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