Panthers coach weighs in on sports and politics

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Ron Rivera

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was raised in a military family, so he's got some pretty clearly defined thoughts on the notions of patriotism and protest.

Rivera isn't one to talk much about politics but the coach gave a pretty insightful answer Thursday when asked about the sporting fallout from HB2 in North Carolina.

"I decided that after the 1980 Olympic boycott, I didn't think it was fair," Rivera said. "We were using sports as pawns."

Want to see changes in the political landscape? Rivera has some plainspoken and pointed advice.

Watch the video for Rivera's full answer.

READ MORE: TWO GOP LAWMAKERS CALL FOR A HARD LOOK AT HB2

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