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Panthers get a police officer to keep media away from workouts

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The Carolina Panthers want to keep the activities of their player-organized workout secret.

According to the Associated Press, Panthers players gathered this morning at Charlotte Christian High School to work out, but in order to keep the media away, they hired a police officer to stop reporters at the entrance.

Some players have welcomed media coverage of their workouts, and some have boasted that their teams are ahead of the pack because they’re doing full-team practices while the rest of the NFL is locked out. But the Panthers apparently think secrecy is the best way to go.

Because of the restricted access for media, there’s no word yet on who attended the workouts. Cam Newton was expected to be there for at least some of the workouts, which the players plan to conduct for the next two weeks.

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16 Responses to “Panthers get a police officer to keep media away from workouts”
  1. willycents says: May 31, 2011 10:37 AM

    The team, Carolina Panthers, hired the cop? Or, did you really mean the players attending the workouts hired the cop? I suspect that the aspect of the story attributing the hiring to the team is mistaken.

    They possibly hired him to frisk the players before entering the field, and to run NCIC checks of each attending player to see if they had arrest warrants from the night before.

  2. mshinson says: May 31, 2011 10:46 AM

    Hey, can someone find a way to insult Jerry Richardson over this? Extra points if you insult Cam Newton and can fit a Steve Smith punch reference in there!

    /Sarcasm over.

  3. clintonportisheadd says: May 31, 2011 10:46 AM

    This story smells wrong.

    The Panthers cannot be paying for cops to guard a workout because there is supposed to be no communication between the team and it’s players. How would they know when and where they are working out?

  4. duanethomas says: May 31, 2011 11:09 AM

    @mshinson:

    Jerry Richardson hired a rent a cop, to keep down the cost. The cop/security guard was hired to keep Steve Smith from sucker punching Cam after one of Cams many errant throws.

    How’s that?

  5. karlpilkington says: May 31, 2011 11:31 AM

    If this place they are working out at is a public place, how are they allowed to do that?

  6. 1liondriven says: May 31, 2011 11:37 AM

    I’m already sick of Cam Newton, I used to care a little about the Panthers franchise but now, with Cam on board, not at all…they’ll get what they deserve.

  7. myballsmyrules says: May 31, 2011 11:37 AM

    @mshinson

    only took one cop cause not that many media give a crap about the team

  8. clintonportisheadd says: May 31, 2011 11:37 AM

    karlpilkington says: May 31, 2011 11:31 AM

    If this place they are working out at is a public place, how are they allowed to do that?

    ——————–

    Just a wild guess but a high school with “Christian” in it’s name it not likely a public school-even in the South y’all.

  9. myballsmyrules says: May 31, 2011 11:38 AM

    @mshinson

    Richardson rented the cop after Steve Smith threatened to punch out SCam for stealing his laptop.

    Shall i continue?

  10. pantherfan89 says: May 31, 2011 12:21 PM

    Jerry used the money he saved from cutting 28 veterans from the roster to hire an out of work mall cop to hold Darrin Gantt at bay from reporting that Cam Newton errantly threw his face into Steve Smith’s fist.

  11. randyinman says: May 31, 2011 12:22 PM

    I think the rent a cop was there for a tryout and probably will make the team.

  12. hrmlss says: May 31, 2011 1:05 PM

    They don’t want anyone to steal the game plan………
    fumble, incomplete, penalty, punt.

  13. redrew says: May 31, 2011 1:21 PM

    Which city will these guys terrorize tonight

  14. hobartbaker says: May 31, 2011 1:27 PM

    Luckily Newt is tall enough to grimace over top of the cops to the media on the other side.

  15. catman72 says: May 31, 2011 2:35 PM

    Maybe it’s because they have the offensive and defensive playbooks from the new coaching staff and they plan on walking or running through some of those plays, so they don’t want anybody scouting their practices (which happens a lot more than anybody wants to admit)…. did that occur to anybody? (no, of course it didn’t because this story wouldn’t be nearly as “juicy” if it did).

  16. whatswiththehate says: May 31, 2011 4:30 PM

    “Some players have welcomed media coverage of their workouts, and some have boasted that their teams are ahead of the pack because they’re doing full-team practices while the rest of the NFL is locked out. But the Panthers apparently think secrecy is the best way to go.”

    This quote says it all. Someone is having a “we ego driven sports media folks isn’t being treated special” moment and it shows.

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