Panthers coach Ron Rivera: ‘My understanding is we’re playing’ in Charlotte
The Carolina Panthers and the National Football League are continuing to monitor the protest situation in Charlotte following Tuesday’s shooting of a Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer.
But Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he’s confident Sunday’s home game against the Minnesota Vikings will go on as scheduled.
“My understanding is we’re playing,” Rivera said to the Charlotte Observer. “You know me, I want to play here because I really think this would be good for the city.”
The looting and violence in uptown Charlotte on Wednesday night took place a few blocks from Bank of America Stadium. Charlotte is under a state of emergency and the National Guard and State Highway Patrol officers arrived Thursday.
Panthers president Danny Morrison told the Charlotte Observer the team has been in contact with government officials, as well as Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and NFL headquarters.