Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has banned his team from using hoverboards in the days leading up to Sunday’s NFC Championship game showdown against the Arizona Cardinals.
Mr. Rivera’s move reportedly came like an angry parent after witnessing his kids risking life and limb riding the two-wheeled, self-balancing motorized boards.
According to Fox46 sports reporter Zach Groth, Mr. Rivera said of his players, “They were drag racing them in the fricken hallway!” The hoverboard race apparently took place in the team facility in Charlotte, N.C.
“We’re trying to limit exposure to injury,” Mr. Rivera said.
Hoverboards are currently the focus of a sweeping safety investigation as reports injury and product defect pour in to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Meanwhile, hospitals everywhere are dealing with elevated numbers of injuries, including broken and fractured wrists, arms, ankles, legs, and tailbones.
Head injuries are also a serious concern, especially to novice riders who are trying to get the hang of it. Many hoverboard injuries occur when riders lose their balance, fall backward, and hit their head on the ground.
For a team that is one game away from a possible Super Bowl title, concussions and broken bones aren’t anything the team needs – especially if those injuries aren’t the result of football practice but hoverboard racing!
“ … Could you imagine the firestorm that Rivera would face if Cam Newton broke his leg racing on a hoverboard before the NFC Championship game?” CBS Sports reporter Bryan Altman asks.
“Seriously, the headline ‘Newton Out After Hoverboard Accident’ not only sounds like an awful plot line from Back To The Future IV, but it would become the worst/most ridiculous injury excuse in sports history.”
Sources: CBS Local Sports