The Panthers sign KP the robot to reach the community


CHARLOTTE – The Panthers have added a new member to the roster, a guy who can do things other players can’t, who adds versatility and a certain forward thinking approach.

The team signed a new robot named KP that will help connect with children and the community. The director of negotiations with the Panthers players and the head of the salary cap, Samir Suleiman, finalized the contract Tuesday morning at the Bank of America Stadium.

Players and coaches have been limited in their ability to reach out over the past two seasons due to COVID-19 protocols. But thanks to KP’s 4K HD wide-angle camera and video display, they can connect in ways they couldn’t before.

This could turn into visits with children in hospitals, appearances for school or military groups, or behind-the-scenes access that is not otherwise available.

“We are delighted to welcome KP to the team,” said Panthers director of community relations Riley Fields. “We continue to face challenges related to COVID for in-person access to schools, military and hospital visits and other opportunities.

“KP’s communication and ability to go anywhere gives us a unique way for Panthers players to engage directly with the community.”

Keep an eye out for next week as KP – short for “Keep Pounding” – begins to venture into his new workplace, meet his new teammates and connect with Carolinas fans. . . and beyond.

40 yard dash: 33.2 seconds

Wonderful score: Confidential (But sources say it’s off the charts.)

Technical specifications: Wide-angle 4K HD camera, high capacity battery (clearly a high motor guy) and ultra-responsive tilting neck for maximum connectivity (you have to have your head on a swivel).

Player comparisons: KP models their game after a variety of AI superstars, including all-time greatest R2-D2, Rosie from The Jetsons, KITT from Knight Rider, and WALL-E.

Scouting Report: Not physically imposing, but has a spirit for the game and a heart for reaching out to the community – a true team player.

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