[Blind Gossip] While people are concerned about the controversy that is taking place on the field at NFL games, there is plenty of controversy in the locker room, too.
This white NFL player wanted to go out on the field during the National Anthem… but was pressured by his black teammates not to do so!
He was going to go out to the field during The National Anthem, but he was cornered by [some of his other teammates] and warned that if he did so, they would no longer respect him as a team leader and would make sure that he failed on the field.
Basically, any dissent or attention that he would steal away from the team’s decision would result in his being black balled.
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Team: Oakland Raiders
Player: Derek Carr
Derek Carr is the quarterback of the Oakland Raiders.
Carr is white. All five members of his offensive line are black.
Blind Gossip told you that when the Oakland Raiders were scheduled to play a few weeks ago, there was a last-minute fight in the locker room about whether they would go on the field or remain in the tunnel during the National Anthem.
The team wound up going out on the field, but there continued to be bad blood between Carr and his team. The Raiders kneeled. Carr stood and prayed.
Then Carr’s season took a turn for the worse.
Most Raiders sat on the bench interlocking arms, while some stood and interlocked arms. After the attention surrounding pregame demonstrations subsided, the Raiders laid an egg. Derek Carr threw an interception on his first pass and it snowballed downhill from there. Washington (2-1) beat Oakland (2-1), 27-10, but even a putrid Raiders performance couldn’t draw much attention away from the biggest story around the league on Sunday.
Carr stood for the anthem, and denied any distraction caused by the protest before one of the worst games of his career. The quarterback threw two interceptions for the first time since Week 15 in 2015 and threw for 118 yards, second-fewest in his career in a game where he didn’t get hurt.
ESPN reported before the game that the Raiders planned to all stay in the tunnel during the anthem but then reversed course because it would’ve affected kickoff time. Carr said there was plenty of discussion within the team about how to approach Sunday night’s pregame.
“Our team is like that on anything, and we all talked and we are all there for one another,” Carr said. “We just wanted to show people we’re unified. Some guys sat, some guys stood, but we just wanted to make sure we showed we were together. Whether you agree or disagree from the outside looking in, you know, standing or sitting, the ultimate goal is for one brief second, we love one another.”
Players stressed that the protest had nothing to do with military or the flag. Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. said, “We just wanted to show a message … just that we’re together, no matter what position we play, what color we are, what we do.”
Over the next few weeks, Carr got sacked repeatedly… and then got seriously injured. Maybe a coincidence. Maybe not.
According to Miko Grimes, the wife of Buccaneer Brent Grimes, it was not a coincidence.
Miko Grimes says that Carr’s team planned to let him get injured because he did not agree with them about the anthem protests!
From The Sporting News:
Derek Carr suffered a back injury in Week 4 this season and missed one game. That injury was a message from the Raiders’ offensive line, according to Miko Grimes.
Grimes, the wife of Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes, is known to be vocal. Appearing on “The Breakfast Club” on Tuesday morning, Grimes said Oakland’s offensive line was upset with Carr and purposefully allowed him to get hit.
— REVOLT TV (@RevoltTV) November 7, 2017
Here is Grimes’ story of what happened with the Raiders:
“(Carr) was against (the offensive line) protesting. And they had a fight in the locker room before that Monday night game with the Redskins. They were fighting in the locker room, and that’s the only all-black offensive line in the NFL is the Raiders.
“Derek Carr is a bible-thumper to the fullest. And so he was basically trying to force the players to read the bible before the game, and do all this stuff and they were like, ‘No, that’s you.’ And so he was so upset about it, when the whole offensive line said they were going to kneel, he was like, ‘No, you’re not kneeling. This is America, you’re going to stand for the flag.’ And they got in a fight in the locker room, so when they came out to play, they basically had a plan.”
Grimes alleges the fight happened before the game against the Redskins (which was on a Sunday, not Monday as she says), and Carr got sacked a season-high four times in that game. He’s been sacked only six times in the seven other games this season.
Carr’s injury, however, occurred one week later, against the Broncos.
Grimes’ timeline is being disputed (she should have said Sunday instead of Monday), but that’s a minor issue that the NFL is using to try to use to discredit her point. There were actually multiple fights and multiple bad games over the course of several weeks.
Of course the Oakland Raiders deny everything. You think their players would ever admit that they sabotaged their own quarterback? Of course not! To stay in good standing with the team, Carr will also deny that any sabotage took place.
But it is interesting that Mika Grimes now just confirmed the exact same story that your friends at Blind Gossip told you at the end of September!
Congratulations to Tinytearz for being first with the correct response!