(KMSP) - The NFL says this Sunday’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings in Charlotte will be played as scheduled.
“We are planning to play the game as scheduled on Sunday," the NFL said in a statement. "We are monitoring events in Charlotte and have been in communication with local officials and authorities, and both the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings.”
Sources told FOX 46 in Charlotte that the Panthers and the NFL had been discussing the possibility of moving Sunday’s game, amid protests over the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
“We are in contact with government officials, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the NFL,” Panthers President Danny Morrison said in a statement. “We are continuing to monitor events as we prepare for Sunday’s home game.”
Sunday's game is scheduled to take place at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The discussion come after protests erupted Tuesday and Wednesday in Charlotte over the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by police at an apartment complex in University City.
Police said Scott, 43, was armed getting out of a car and threatened police officers. Family members, however, said Scott was disabled and was reading a book while waiting to pick up his son from the school bus.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency following violent protests that erupted in the city of Charlotte on Wednesday night. One person was shot during the protests in Uptown Charlotte, according to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police. That person is on life support, city officials confirmed. Two other people were also taken to the hospital. At least seven officers were also being treated.