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Panthers “continuing to monitor events” in advance of Sunday’s game

Demonstrators protest Tuesday's fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Protesters rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and officers have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn't immediately clear how. Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) AP

There are bigger problems in Charlotte right now than Sam Bradford and the Vikings.

So with riots gripping downtown last night and the potential for more in the future, the team is playing wait-and-see in regards to Sunday’s home game against Minnesota.

“We are in contact with government officials, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the NFL,” team president Danny Morrison said in a statement. “We are continuing to monitor events as we prepare for Sunday’s home game.”

One of the primary concerns for the team at this point is simple public safety. With law enforcement resources diverted elsewhere trying to maintain order, the number of police officers able to work the game could be compromised.

Protests devolved into violence Wednesday for the second straight night following Tuesday’s shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a black Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer. One person was shot during last night’s protests downtown, within blocks of where the Panthers play.

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47 Responses to “Panthers “continuing to monitor events” in advance of Sunday’s game”
  1. sportmigos says: Sep 22, 2016 10:30 AM

    smh just goes 2 show cam newton still cant be a leader

  2. BradyIsTheGCOAT says: Sep 22, 2016 10:34 AM

    looting wins hearts and minds to embrace change.

  3. sixringslikeatelephone says: Sep 22, 2016 10:35 AM

    You better hide your kids, hide your wife!

  4. billh1947 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:39 AM

    I big win over the Vikings Sunday is just what the people of Carolina need right now. rioting and looting proves the protesters are worse than the police they are protesting and they deserve what they get for being lawbreakers.

  5. kamthechancellor says: Sep 22, 2016 10:41 AM

    Disgraceful.

  6. audient says: Sep 22, 2016 10:44 AM

    Some things are bigger than football. Much bigger. Too bad people have to make jokes mocking the QB and the protesters. Perhaps it is a defense mechanism for dealing with a terrible truth in this country. But it may be latent racism. Some self examination, my friends.

  7. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 22, 2016 10:47 AM

    Big PACK guy here. I think the vike’s steal this one. Won’t be good for the city either. Yikes. GO PACK

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  8. jimbo75025 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:47 AM

    Playing a game there in three days sounds like a bad idea to me.

    Last thing you need is a bunch of drunk fans clashing with some BLM “protesters”. Things could escalate quickly and badly.

    Let the play the game in the Vikings new stadium or move it a few hours south to Atlanta. Are the Falcons at home Sunday? Maybe another Monday doubleheader.

  9. annes22 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:48 AM

    All this rioting is disgraceful, and even worse the looting. What type of person is doing this, just look and see and you wonder why this country is such a big mess.
    The police have a terrible job to do, and the odd one is not good, but who do you call if you need help??? Those protesting should go and get a real job.

  10. lscottman3 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:51 AM

    remember the Orioles game with no fans?

    could be done again.

  11. rcali says: Sep 22, 2016 10:52 AM

    Yikes, damages heading into the millions! That means less money for community services, which will have to mean higher taxes. I’d sell my tickets if I had them.

  12. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Sep 22, 2016 10:53 AM

    It would be in the best interest of everyone, especially the haters, to understand that none of this, from kneeling instead of standing, to peaceful protest turned to riot isn’t going away. It’s our new powder keg and we can either deal with it and find a way forward or continue to deflect the blame. Deflecting the blame will do nothing but lead to severe gun control laws that will be imposed on everyone, including the people who oppose gun control the most: the haters. So it’s your choice. Do the right thing and join the conversation for a meaningful way forward, or gun control.

  13. dcpatfan says: Sep 22, 2016 10:55 AM

    billh1947 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:39 AM
    I big win over the Vikings Sunday is just what the people of Carolina need right now. rioting and looting proves the protesters are worse than the police they are protesting and they deserve what they get for being lawbreakers.
    ————————–
    And you are a hypocrite. Full of fear>

  14. pantherpro says: Sep 22, 2016 11:03 AM

    I guess Kap was right about lame police officers eh?
    Not enough training for the po po.

  15. finfansince68 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:09 AM

    Ray Lewis just told told a lie on the Fox Sports -Skip & Shannon show…. fan the flames he said………………..
    ” cops have murdered 2000 people since Ferguson”!
    Now where’d he get those numbers from??
    I’m black & this has gotten out of hand! Remember too Ray ain’t no stranger to murder & mayhem…neither is his rapist son! So hearing him spew statistics made me laugh-
    Typical of the uninformed masses – Lets’s riot and look like a bunch a crazy a** fools…THAT’S what America see’s on TV – My brothers & sisters acting like they live in a third world country by looting & carrying on like a bunch of fools-
    but don’t take my word for it- look at the video…especially the one of the Charlotte Walmart getting looted!
    I lived through the Liberty City & Overtown riots so I know how bad some of my brothers can act!!

  16. scoops1 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:11 AM

    lscottman3 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:51 AM
    remember the Orioles game with no fans?

    could be done again.
    ————————————

    No Chance!! for the Orioles, that was one game out of 91 in a stadium where the fan base is really bad….

    this is one game out 8 in a stadium with a surging fan base where there are 60k+ for those 8 home games!

  17. purpleguy says: Sep 22, 2016 11:12 AM

    They could move the game back to MN, as the Packers barely used the stadium last Sunday.

  18. charger383 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:13 AM

    Move game To provide enough protection for game spreads police too thin and leaves areas open for troublemakers, also law enforcement is tired, overworked and stressed, that leads to mistakes

    Troublemakers, of all kinds, could find high profile targets or underprotected places

  19. mypostsalwaysseemtogetdeleted says: Sep 22, 2016 11:17 AM

    I have difficulty understanding these types of riots. While I agree our country is in turmoil and something needs to be done to help improve race relations, I simply do not understand the violence or the burning and looting of your city.

  20. mongo3401 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:18 AM

    When you see people in a crowd with masks on and hankies covering their face, you know it’s going to be more then just a peaceful protest.

  21. metalman5150 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:19 AM

    When protesting turns violent and loot begins – then you’re protest immediately loses all credibility.

  22. ackattack22 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:20 AM

    bannedfromchoirpractice. Should we have the meaningful conversation before or after all the looting, riots, criminal damage to property and trying to throw reporters into fires?

  23. junkmtb says: Sep 22, 2016 11:24 AM

    Game may be moved to Clemson’s Death Valley Stadium where the Panthers originally played before the BOA stadium was built.

  24. ketch20too says: Sep 22, 2016 11:26 AM

    I have difficulty understanding these types of riots. While I agree our country is in turmoil and something needs to be done to help improve race relations, I simply do not understand the violence or the burning and looting of your city.
    ********************************************
    The violence and looting have NOTHING to do with the protests. They are just individuals looking for an excuse to riot and loot. ANY excuse will do. Sad thing is….it completely undermines the message of the real people trying to address real issues and come up with some real solutions.

  25. tonebones says: Sep 22, 2016 11:28 AM

    America isn’t perfect, but we’ve always strived to be the best. We never embrace or accept mediocrity. Everybody, white, black, or other, should be helping America strive to be better. There has to be a better way to deal with people than a kill shot. If the police are going by the book, we need to change the book. If someone is coming at you with a gun, take him out. But these killings that are happening could be avoided. It’s not right that all cops have to go around being the target of some angry person, like we saw in Dallas. Like I said, this is America. We’ve never settled for stupid. America has never accepted second best. Why start now. I went by my son’s school on Saturday and noticed the flag was left up over the weekend. I didn’t see a bunch of people trying to climb the pole to take it down. Flags aren’t supposed to be left out overnight. I was certain one of our Patriotic Americans would do something. I’m not so sure all these people really care that much about the flag, but they sure act like it when someone points out that we have work to do to get better. All this hypocracy isn’t making our [police officers any safer. Do it for the cops, if nothing else. They’re the ones who are being put in danger. Think about their wives and kids.

  26. dadsource says: Sep 22, 2016 11:32 AM

    So a BLACK cop shoots a black armed criminal and it’s racism. Got it.

    Or an excuse for losers to steal……..

    One day we’ll all run out of excuses…..

  27. hellonewman47 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:33 AM

    I’m a white male. While I do feel that there needs to be better relations between the police and minorities, when I see looting and rioting, it makes my sympathy towards the Black Lives Matters and their cause go out the window.

    Are there bad cops out there? Sure, in every profession there is always a bad apple. But seeing what has been going on with the rioting and looting makes you realize the type of people these cops have to encounter every single day.

  28. ackattack22 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:39 AM

    I’m confused. In this case, black police chief, black police officer, black victim yet I’m seeing rioters and looters blaming and putting the target for this directly on “whitey”. Serious question here. Had the black police officer shot and killed a white person, would this have even been news?

  29. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Sep 22, 2016 11:42 AM

    ackattack22 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:20 AM
    bannedfromchoirpractice. Should we have the meaningful conversation before or after all the looting, riots, criminal damage to property and trying to throw reporters into fires?
    ———————————————————-

    It’s your choice. My guess is that you’ll choose never.

  30. NRG Stadium's Wonky Grass says: Sep 22, 2016 11:44 AM

    scoops1 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:11 AM

    lscottman3 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:51 AM
    remember the Orioles game with no fans?

    could be done again.
    ————————————

    No Chance!! for the Orioles, that was one game out of 91 in a stadium where the fan base is really bad….

    this is one game out 8 in a stadium with a surging fan base where there are 60k+ for those 8 home games!

    # # # # #

    Math, bro.

  31. staff2cj says: Sep 22, 2016 11:54 AM

    BLM

  32. saundersspencer2 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:56 AM

    Panthers won’t move the game, home field advantage is too important, plus a welcome distraction for the city. They’ll play with SWAT teams and Soldiers surrounding the stadium before they move the game. BIG PACK GUY got it all wrong, Panthers will win easily at home, and you can thank us for getting them their first loss later.

    KEEP POUNDING Charlotte, don’t let a few bad people take this game away.

  33. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:01 PM

    Nothing says peaceful protest like looting and burning things

    Call in the national guard lock them all up and get on with life

    Enough of this automatic guilt these actions do not fix race relations they make them worse.

  34. vdaigglesfan says: Sep 22, 2016 12:05 PM

    scoops1 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:11 AM
    lscottman3 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:51 AM
    remember the Orioles game with no fans?

    could be done again.
    ————————————

    No Chance!! for the Orioles, that was one game out of 91 in a stadium where the fan base is really bad….

    this is one game out 8 in a stadium with a surging fan base where there are 60k+ for those 8 home games!

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    “surging fan base” = front running fans

  35. racistchecker says: Sep 22, 2016 12:13 PM

    “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white – separate and unequal. ”

    “What white Americans have never fully understood – but what the Negro can never forget — is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it.”

    Otto Kerner – the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission – 1967

    50 years later, nothing has changed!

  36. coachglove says: Sep 22, 2016 12:22 PM

    tonebones says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:28 AM
    ” went by my son’s school on Saturday and noticed the flag was left up over the weekend. I didn’t see a bunch of people trying to climb the pole to take it down. Flags aren’t supposed to be left out overnight. I was certain one of our Patriotic Americans would do something.”
    __________________________________

    If it is an all-weather flag and lit at night, flag code allows it to be left out. I don’t know if that is the case, but your statement isn’t wholly accurate with regard to the “rules” for flags. You also don’t know that someone didn’t email the principal upon seeing it. I have gone into many a business to report their flag was frayed and should be replaced. It certainly isn’t my responsibility to climb a flagpole to rectify the situation.

  37. thetooloftools says: Sep 22, 2016 12:23 PM

    I think the NFL should move the game in order to watch out for an obvious public safety issue.
    These are not “civil protests” but rather uncivil protests”. I would make my decision this afternoon to move the game so that fans can make travel plans.

  38. guinsrule2 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:27 PM

    They’re calling it the Kaepernick Riot now.

  39. gonzagylot00 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:30 PM

    USC
    Clemson
    UNC
    NC State

    All viable stadiums if they decide the game needs to be moved.

  40. wizahdry says: Sep 22, 2016 12:37 PM

    Too bad Panthers aren’t playing a team from their own division. Could have switched home games.

  41. averagejoe5050 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:46 PM

    Nothing says peaceful purposeful protest …like looting a liquor store..

  42. snapcracklepopfart says: Sep 22, 2016 1:08 PM

    “Call in the national guard lock them all up and get on with life

    Enough of this automatic guilt these actions do not fix race relations they make them worse.”

    So does saying “lock them all up.”

    They’re not protesting for no reason. Ignoring their reasons mean they’re only going to get angrier and the protests will get worse.

  43. jackdaniels1 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:09 PM

    It should be fine to play on Sunday, after all the protesters will most likely be resting to gear up for work on Monday

  44. jackedupboonie says: Sep 22, 2016 1:43 PM

    Every person should have been fired after the field condition debacle for the seahawk game. How on this planet can anyone think that you will be able to handle anything other than 2 Girl Scouts selling mint cookies at your gates. I swear, it’s no joke, the back woods mentality there.

  45. upper23 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:43 PM

    You wonder why this stereotyping happens. Your mad at something so you riot and loot. Wonder why people dont give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you will do bad things.

  46. OG FOOL says: Sep 22, 2016 2:15 PM

    Angry racists in the comment section. Kinda love it. I probably should be upset about it but when you expect the enemy to act like the enemy there’s no reason to be upset about a comment section.

    Right on, Colin!!

  47. steelersnowand4ever says: Sep 22, 2016 2:18 PM

    Sounds like what the Baltimore Orioles had last year….a game with no fans

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