Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the bat…they’re not hoverboards. Those stupid things have wheels and in no way “hover.”
Nonetheless, the Carolina Panthers have implemented a team ban on the devices this week after players were caught “drag racing” in the hallways of team facilities. Head coach Ron Rivera broke the news after their NFC divisional round win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
It’s pretty hilarious to see their shenanigans classified as “drag racing,” considering the self-balancing toys don’t typically exceed 15 mph, but you can’t really argue with Rivera’s reasoning for banning them. The Panthers are getting ready to play for a spot in the Super Bowl this weekend and, as we’ve seen over and over again, those “hoverboards” can be quite dangerous. Just ask Mike Tyson.
Maybe the next step should be banning players from using them in the middle of traffic.