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NFL planning for Panthers-Vikings in Charlotte on Sunday

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: Demonstrators argue during protests on September 21, 2016 in downtown Charlotte, NC. The North Carolina governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte after clashes during protests in the city in response to the fatal shooting by police officers of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers released a statement on Thursday saying that they “are continuing to monitor events” in Charlotte after two nights of violence in the city following Tuesday’s police shooting of Keith Scott.

With law enforcement dedicated to trying to keep the situation from getting worse, there’s a concern that Sunday’s Panthers-Vikings game at Bank of America Stadium could divert resources needed elsewhere. The NFL released a statement via spokesman Brian McCarthy on Thursday saying that the plan is still to play the game as scheduled.

“We are planning to play the game as scheduled on Sunday. We are monitoring events in Charlotte and have been in communication with local officials and authorities, and both the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings.”

That plan may have to change if another night of violence makes it clear that ensuring safety for all in Charlotte has to take precedence over the NFL’s schedule.

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61 Responses to “NFL planning for Panthers-Vikings in Charlotte on Sunday”
  1. valentino8100 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:59 PM

    . . . when “protesting” is code for rioting.

  2. ariani1985 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:59 PM

    finally the Vikings get some real competition!

  3. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 22, 2016 1:00 PM

    Come play here. We have a nice new place.

  4. pantherfan4life says: Sep 22, 2016 1:03 PM

    Moving or changing this game only rewards those who want to cause lawless

  5. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:04 PM

    How about they take the game to Minneapolis?

  6. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 22, 2016 1:05 PM

    So these “protesters” would have us believe that this guy was just quietly waiting for his son to get off a bus while reading a book, and cops came over and started shooting him. Yeah, I guess I would protest that, too. But did you ever think that the cops’ version of the events might be more likely?

  7. kamthechancellor says: Sep 22, 2016 1:08 PM

    Police are going to let the family view the body camera footage of the officer. So clearly they’ve seen it and know it’s evidence of the guy having a gun and not cooperating. But keep looting you morons.

  8. twincities90210 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:09 PM

    why aren’t these ignorant people protesting the Federal Reserve, who borrows money to the US gov’t at INTEREST, and then prints that money out of thin air…which is devaluing the US dollar…which is WHY THE COST OF LIVING IS SO HIGH. It takes MORE worthless paper to buy things priced in that same WORTHLESS paper.

  9. jackedupboonie says: Sep 22, 2016 1:11 PM

    It’s like Nam in this league at the moment. So many angles, not sure who’s protesting what. Every nobody that signs for 100 mil guaranteed in the NBA kinda sets some of these guys over the edge.

  10. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 22, 2016 1:12 PM

    They’re just bringing “awareness” to the “problem” of armed black men being “executed” by police in North Carolina.

    It’s obviously a sign of “systemic racism” when a man has a gun and refuses to drop it so the police decide to become “murderers”.

    We need to “come together” and practice “unity”.

    Did I leave any buzz words out?

  11. kamthechancellor says: Sep 22, 2016 1:13 PM

    Lol at the chick who said she was a witness to a white cop shooting a guy holding a book.

  12. profootballsquawk says: Sep 22, 2016 1:16 PM

    don’t worry they are peaceful protests /s

  13. dkeucd says: Sep 22, 2016 1:17 PM

    Why are Democrats so damn violent?

  14. arzcardinals says: Sep 22, 2016 1:18 PM

    glad so many are smart enough to stay home. Going to protests like these is asking for trouble. Anyone with 1/2 a brain would never take a kid to something like this. IMO it’s an easy outlet for fools to act like fools

  15. ricko1112 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:19 PM

    The last time these 2 teams played each other they were seen be millions of people warming their footballs with the sideline heaters. A clear case of tampering witnessed by Goodell and his Park $t Goon $quad. Both teams quietly received letters telling them not to do it again.

    The Well$ Report, 2 court hearings, science, and common sense proved that NE did not tamper with their footballs, yet Brady is out 4 games, the Pats had 2 picks stolen, and Kraft, the man who saved football during the last labor negotiations, is out $1M.

    Exponent, the “research” company that “proved” 2nd hand smoke is harmless, has been exposed as a laughingstock. They’ve lost business as reputable firms want nothing to do with them. Goodell continues to make a fool out himself whenever Deflategate is brought up. NFL TV ratings are down this year as people are worried about the NFL fixing games like the Broncos/Panthers SB.

  16. icebowler says: Sep 22, 2016 1:19 PM

    All protests so far have been at night, so I’d guess that the early afternoon game should probably be OK to go.

  17. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 22, 2016 1:21 PM

    Man. Really think the Vike’s steal this one. Hope it doesn’t cause more problems out there.


  18. mmack66 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:22 PM

    Are they removing the sideline heaters?

  19. bondlake says: Sep 22, 2016 1:22 PM


    The Packers are pathetic this year.

    It all starts at the top with Ted Thompson. He’s the worst GM in football. Ever heard him talk? He’s about as inspiring as a wet dishrag.

  20. 1lombardibeforeigo says: Sep 22, 2016 1:22 PM

    What will they do AFTER the Vikes kick Carolina’s arse???

  21. pkrlvr says: Sep 22, 2016 1:29 PM


    The Packers are pathetic this year.

    It all starts at the top with Ted Thompson. He’s the worst GM in football. Ever heard him talk? He’s about as inspiring as a wet dishrag
    What the heck, thought I clicked on a story about the Panthers game….

  22. TheAfterParty says: Sep 22, 2016 1:30 PM

    I swear, if these a-holes ruin football for us…

  23. seangphotography1 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:31 PM

    Move the game to St.Louis.

  24. pancaketaco says: Sep 22, 2016 1:32 PM

    The NFL, Panthers and City should have only discussed this topic behind closed doors…I just don’t see BLM taking their foot off the gas when they have the opportunity to move an NFL game…I’m sure Soros has already thrown a few million at this and has buses of reinforcements heading to the Queen City.

  25. carpalboss says: Sep 22, 2016 1:37 PM

    Will moving the game affect which bathrooms people will be using?

  26. stipez says: Sep 22, 2016 1:42 PM

    Isn’t a football game the one reason for everyone to sit down and eat potato chips for 3 hours?

    Not having this game here exacerbates the situation. Prolly gets the stadium looted if at all possible.

  27. JSpicoli says: Sep 22, 2016 1:42 PM

    Have fun winning the election for Trump

    Trumpnado 2016!

  28. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:42 PM

    Hey- I think it’s great Cam is trying to be a positive spokesperson regarding these issues- but I hope he gets just a little too preoccupied with it before the game.😉

  29. zenoracledba says: Sep 22, 2016 1:44 PM

    Translation : The NFL doesn’t want to pay for the game to be switched to a safe location.

  30. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:46 PM

    If push comes to shove- just outsmart the protesters.

    Move the game to the empty WalMart.

  31. crush22 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:47 PM

    Once they show up, the 65,000 in the stands should just go out and beat their ass.

  32. Pointy Williams says: Sep 22, 2016 1:48 PM

    The NFL can’t hear any of you because they’re too busy n their bunkers counting all of their billions.

  33. jmc8888 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:48 PM

    Policy enacted by people or all races, colors, and creeds that negatively impacts and oppresses people of all races, colors, and creeds.

    People like Kaepernick and BLM are knuckleheads. They turning obvious policies we can all get behind to protest… into a racial divide.

    Why? Because they are knuckleheads. Because the media is clueless. (has the media gotten anything right since 9/11? Nope. 9/11 wrong. Iraq war wrong. Housing bubble wrong. Libya/Syria/2008 economic crisis and our pathetic response, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc)

  34. jmc8888 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:49 PM

    Kaepernick is making the situation WORSE, not better. He’s not driving awareness towards the policies.

    He’s inciting people to a distraction, that of blaming racism.

    He and BLM and the media overlook the policies our gov’t enacts.

    They overlook that the oppression is caused and overseen by people like Bush, Obama, and Hillary will continue on as more of the Neo-Con same.

  35. uncommon1 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:57 PM

    I would never lump all of these shootings together because they’re all different. That said, a majority of these shootings have proven to be a justified Use of Force. At what point does the Black Community say “Ok, we need to change the way we interact with Police.” Its always about Police reform. The responsibility is always pushed onto the Police. As a citizen, if your immediate response to Police involves anger and agression, you have guaranteed that the Police will be aggressive in response.

  36. brendafortheboyz says: Sep 22, 2016 2:00 PM

    Still waiting on the NFL to do SOMETHING to stop this crap with their “employees”, as their TV ratings continue to fall! $$ should get their attention…..

  37. rportkid says: Sep 22, 2016 2:02 PM

    Kind of scary since the NFL buffoons don’t know how to plan for anything.

  38. MiamiDolphinsNation says: Sep 22, 2016 2:02 PM

    How about a free Guy Fawkes mask to the 1st 25K fans admitted?
    The media would love that.

  39. snakeplizkn says: Sep 22, 2016 2:06 PM

    That video could show Keith Scott him emptying his gun at police and these dopes would still claim racism.

  40. rowdystiller says: Sep 22, 2016 2:14 PM

    Here’s how you handle it: Put these animals rioting and looting in cages where they belong.

  41. 13worldchampioinships says: Sep 22, 2016 2:18 PM

    I would be curious if they do something similar to what the Baltimore Orioles did…play in an empty stadium closed to the public.

    Nahh, too much money to be made.

  42. pittsburgh84 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:20 PM

    these are Hillary’s voters. why isn’t he media demanding she denounce their violence?

  43. douchebigelow says: Sep 22, 2016 2:35 PM

    I will be selling my tickets. I don’t care to be attacked by a mob of North American asphalt gorillas.

  44. fatguystrangler says: Sep 22, 2016 2:44 PM

    These rioters are nothing more than domestic terrorists.

  45. kamthechancellor says: Sep 22, 2016 2:48 PM

    Time for an American Tiananmen Square.

  46. Rdog says: Sep 22, 2016 2:48 PM

    It sounds like Charlotte is the new Baltimore or Ferguson.

  47. captainwhodat says: Sep 22, 2016 2:50 PM

    nothing like giving advance notice to the rioters that they can get their 15 seconds of fame at the game…good move, NFL

  48. crewchief15 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:51 PM

    Start the game at 11:00 am, these “protestors” will be sleeping off their buzz until at least 3 pm, plus the others will be watching NFL games on their new Flat screens they just “acquired “.

  49. jags2daship says: Sep 22, 2016 2:57 PM

    They are here to check your white privilege. You better have your reparation check in hand or you will be shot entering the stadium.

  50. nhpats says: Sep 22, 2016 3:01 PM

    When is Kaep going to protest the hundreds of blacks killed by other blacks on a daily basis? When is he going to protest the over 3000 people killed in Chicago this year alone?

  51. lurkerkerker says: Sep 22, 2016 3:03 PM

    A win bring a community together in a common apolitical cause. A loss puts people in a bad mood.
    For the safety of thousands, I’m rooting for Carolina.

  52. dickroy says: Sep 22, 2016 3:16 PM

    Did the officer tell the man to close the book and stop reading before he shot him? How stupid some people are!

  53. Reality Luzers says: Sep 22, 2016 3:17 PM

    and if you riot… loot.. or otherwise cause any kind of violence… you WILL be thrown in jail… period. Enjoy the game.

  54. conormacleod says: Sep 22, 2016 3:19 PM

    BLM doesn’t have the patent on poor people looting. It goes back decades before that.

  55. idurenn says: Sep 22, 2016 3:27 PM

    Just play the national anthem on loop. They’ll stop protesting/rioting and sit/kneel.

  56. seals1 says: Sep 22, 2016 3:33 PM

    Let’s riot, loot, smash and burn to show cops they over react on the streets. I need to be educated in how this helps. Is there a list of demands that need to be met? How do they get met should be where the effort goes not eating tear gas.

  57. rcali says: Sep 22, 2016 3:45 PM

    The mayor of Baltimore is completely behind the rioters, they just need to blow off steam. Yeah, I wouldn’t spend a dollar in the city until I know I can drive my car through it and not get pelted with rocks and bottles or get accosted in a parking garage. Bet you all haven’t seen that video yet!

  58. jrossizzle says: Sep 22, 2016 3:46 PM

    Sure will make the “giveaway” interesting

  59. kingpel says: Sep 22, 2016 3:48 PM

    Move the game to Minnesota. Its not worth putting the public at risk from these rioters. Its one thing when they are breaking windows and another when innocent people are being threatened by an angry mob.

  60. darkneptune73 says: Sep 22, 2016 4:22 PM

    This is a home game for Carolina, so it makes little sense to move it to the opponent’s arena. If they were to move it, it probably would be somewhere in the south.

  61. jags2daship says: Sep 22, 2016 4:59 PM

    Free Colin Krapondick jerseys to all fans who check their privilege

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