Ron Rivera Bans Hoverboards After Panthers Players Caught Drag Racing

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 18, 2016

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera speaks during a news conference after the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers won 31-24. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is known for taking risks, but he isn't chancing anything ahead of this weekend's NFC title game showdown against the Arizona Cardinals.

Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports (h/t Uproxx Sports' Pete Blackburn) passed along Rivera's rationale for banning hoverboards Monday:

"They were drag racing them in the fricken hallway!" Rivera added in reference to the hoverboards, per Fox 46's Zach Groth.

Rivera's Panthers improved to 16-1 this season with a 31-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round Sunday. Now Carolina is one more home win away from clinching a berth in Super Bowl 50.

Those hoverboards certainly do seem hazardous on paper and in principle. Without any handlebars to hang on to, it'd be easy for even an elite athlete to lose his balance and get hurt.

Just ask boxing icon Mike Tyson, who had his own difficulties aboard a hoverboard last month and wiped out in epic fashion.  

On the other hand, at least the Carolina players were drag racing hoverboards rather than cars or other more dangerous transportation apparatuses. Still, Rivera is well within his bounds to lay down the law with such a watershed moment approaching for the entire organization.

With a fun-loving quarterback in Cam Newton and plenty of camaraderie to carry them to this point, the Panthers can certainly find other ways to entertain themselves before business time Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. Dabbing and dancing may have to do.

Rivera needs his team at full strength to take on a magnificent Cardinals team, which ranked second to Carolina in the regular season in points scored. Both sides have exceptional defenses as well, so it ought to be an entertaining battle for NFC supremacy.