Panthers, NFL Monitoring Protests in Advance of Sunday Game Against Vikings

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The Panthers and Vikings are scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

With North Carolina governor Pat McCrory issuing a state of emergency, there was concern that the violence could force the National Football League to relocate the Panthers' Sunday afternoon home game against the Vikings.

Conversely, the Panthers organization is also said to be considering adding an increased police presence at the Carolina-hosted game.

Over the last two nights, Charlotte has been rocked by protests after a civilian was shot and killed by a police officer.

Scott's family says he did not have a weapon and wasn't threatening police. Family members, however, said Scott was disabled and was reading a book while waiting to pick up his son from the school bus. Well, it seems as if the protests in Charlotte over the killing of Keith Lamont Scott have finally woken Cam up, because he has changed his tune considerably. Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem before games.

But Rivera also said it wasn't fair to ask his players their thoughts on what he saw as a political matter, but he did offer his opinions on the violence that broke out Tuesday night. It's not the fact that things are happening, it's the way that they're being treated after they happen. "More so than anything else, we need to get educated". "In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways".

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"It's a very hard time right now. We elected an African-American president", Rivera said, per the Charlotte Observer. I could look at you and be around you and I can tell if you're a good person.

"I'm a firm believer of justice".

People "see him as straddling", said Sharpe.

Brissett, who played at Florida before transferring to North Carolina State, got the start over injured Jimmy Garoppolo, who inherited the starting job when Brady was suspended for four games to start the season. During pregame introductions, five Rams players raised their arms in a "hands up, don't shoot" gesture that had been used by protesters.

Newton said he didn't know if the shooting in Charlotte would prompt the Panthers to take some type of action before Sunday's game, such as San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has done to bring attention to the issue.

She eventually had to move inside as tear gas filled the air and protesters vandalized the hotel. "We all have to hold each other accountable".