Derek Carr Tweets His Love For Raiders Despite Being 1-5 After Allegedly Crying
Oakland Raiders quarterback Carr sent out a tweet Tuesday morning exclaiming his love for the team and his determination to “fight back for our city when not a lot of people believe in us.”
I’m a Raider. It’s not a “popular” thing to be a Raider right now, but I am and I love it. I love the struggle of trying to fight back for our city when not a lot of people believe in us. People can try all they want to tear us apart, but it’s not happening to the real ones. 💀
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) October 23, 2018
Carr’s tweet was In response to a story by The Athletic, which reported that Carr has a “fractured relationship” with his Raiders teammates, in part because of film that appeared to show the quarterback crying after taking a sack and injuring his arm in Oakland’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6.
— Damon Bruce (@DamonBruce) October 14, 2018
Minutes later, Carr’s older brother Darren Carr took to Twitter to defend his brother.
Hit 16 times in that game
Broken Pinky Finger (Throwing Hand)
Sprained Thumb (Throwing Hand)
Knee Sprain MCL Grade 2
High Ankle Sprain Grade 3
Concussion Grade 1
Chest / Ribs Bruised
3 Broken Bones in his Back
Broken Fibula Bone in Leg
2 Missed Games (because they made him)
— Darren Carr (@DCarr75) October 23, 2018
The Raiders traded Amari Cooper to the Cowboys for a 2019 first-round pick Monday. The Raiders also traded star pass-rusher Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears before the season for two first-round picks.
“We’re not trading anyone else,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said on Monday when asked specifically about Carr. “We’re trying to stay competitive and figure out a way to compete for this next game.”
Carr is in the second season of a five-year extension that includes $70 million. Carr has struggled in his first season with Gruden, amassing eight interceptions and just seven touchdowns in six games.
Wednesday morning, fellow NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to add his own thoughts on the subject by saying, “Just because you cry, doesn’t mean you’re any less manly.”
“He might have been (physically) hurting, who knows?” Roethlisberger said. “I know I have cried in the locker room before from both joy and pain. You lose a football game, (you hurt).
In light of the Derek Carr storyline, Ben Roethlisberger was asked about acceptable times for football players to cry. Roethlisberger says men should show more emotion. pic.twitter.com/YV2QR7ZbED
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 24, 2018
The Raiders will host the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, California. The game will air on CBS at 4:05 p.m. EST.