LOS ANGELES: Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has banned his players from riding hoverboards as they prepare for this weekend’s crunch showdown with the Arizona Cardinals for a place in the Super Bowl, reports said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).
Rivera said he had forbidden Panthers players from riding hoverboards inside Carolina’s stadium to head off the possibility of any freak accidents.
The Panthers coach said he had acted after seeing Youtube videos of hoverboards catching fire.
He revealed he had also caught players drag racing on hoverboards at the Bank of America Stadium.
“Have you seen those things on YouTube blowing up?” Rivera told ESPN. “I mean, that’s what concerns me more than anything else. What if something crazy happens?
“I will say this, too: I caught them drag racing in the freaking hallway one time, too.”
Rivera said he had shown players videos of hoverboards bursting into flames to emphasize his concerns.
Major US airlines have already banned hoverboards being transported on passenger planes because of concerns of the fire risk of lithium batteries.
“I said, ‘Guys, we can’t have those in here. You bring one of those things in here and they short-circuit and the next thing you know we’ve got a freaking fire here’,” Rivera told EPSN.
The Panthers advanced to this week’s National Football Conference Championship game against Arizona with victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.