Rivera: Panthers won’t bring their bat on field before games

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A frustrated Ron Rivera will no longer allow Carolina players to bring baseball bats on the field before games even though he said the Panthers have done nothing wrong.

The Panthers coach said Tuesday he is upset about what he says are untrue reports that some players taunted Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham with physical threats and homophobic slurs before Sunday’s game.

Rivera said the Panthers wouldn’t stand for that behavior and the team found no evidence that occurred.

When asked if the Panthers hadn’t broken any league rules why he made the decision do away with the bats, Rivera said, “because I’m going to hear it if I don’t. That’s the truth of the matter. So to avoid the situation and set of circumstances, let’s just eliminate it. … It’s the No Fun League for a reason.”

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