Ionut Adrian Tanasoaia was involved in an altercation with Hardy at a bar in the Romanian city of Giurgiu on October 9th, 2011. The player was severely beaten and arrived at hospital in a comatose state, later succumbing to his injuries after an unsuccessful surgery. The prosecution accused Tanasoaia of punching Hardy in the head causing him to fall and sustain brain damage and two neck fractures.
Chauncey Hardy had played two games for CSS Giurgiu after turning professional in the summer of 2011 once the point guard had graduated from Sacred Heart. Tanasoaia´s sentence cannot be overturned and he will spend 7 years in prison for manslaughter.