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NFL says Vikings-Panthers game still on for Sunday in Charlotte despite nearby violence

The NFL sent out a statement Thursday saying that Sunday’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers is still scheduled to be played at Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte, N.C., even though a state of emergency has been declared in the city following two nights of violent protests.

The league said it would continue to monitor the situation.

“We are planning to play the game as scheduled on Sunday,” the NFL stated. “We are monitoring events in Charlotte and have been in communication with local officials and authorities, and both the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings.”

Protests erupted Tuesday night over the fatal police shooting earlier in the day of Keith Lamont Scott. At least 14 officers and numerous civilians have been injured. Some of the violence has occurred within blocks of the stadium.

Many downtown businesses have told employees to stay home if possible. NASCAR closed its Charlotte offices Thursday after several windows were broken on the ground floor the previous night.

The Panthers released a statement Thursday, saying, “We are in contact with government officials, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the NFL. We are continuing to monitor events as we prepare for Sunday’s home game.”

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Wednesday addressed the social issues facing the city and country.

“I’m an African American, and I’m not happy how the justice has been dealt with over the years and the state of oppression in our community,'” he said. “But we also, as black people, have to do right by ourselves. We can’t be hypocrites.”

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