On Monday night, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and several other teammates attended an event in which there were too many people indoors without visible masks. The incident came to light on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Carr turned to his behavior.
“I feel like one, we did a fantastic job here,” Carr told reporters through Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I hate that a few moments without including our masks led to a story about our team and all that, especially after the fines imposed a few weeks ago. We felt terrible about it. We turned to the coach and talked to our coaches about what really happened and all that stuff. At the end of the day we were there – I mean, shoot the boys, I had dinner and met my wife at my house. I haven’t taken her out to eat all season, you know? There are a lot of kids running around my house and I think she’s ready for a night out. “
Hey, Derek, a lot of people haven’t taken their husbands out to dinner since March. And you have the money to bring gourmet meals to your brand new Las Vegas mansion every night and eat after you put the kids to bed. So, if you’re really serious about avoiding the virus on the full scale of the football season, you make the sacrifice (if it’s even a “sacrifice” to get gourmet meals to your brand new Las Vegas mansion) and stay home.
As for the notion that only “a few moments without our masks” created the story, where is the video of Carr and his masked teammates? In the videos that came to light, where is the mask that would otherwise hang around his neck or chin, which usually happens when someone who otherwise wears a mask rests from it?
“We did our best and we had a few moments when we slipped, took off our masks so people could see our faces and things like that,” Carr said. “We signed waivers, hand sanitizer like crazy. All these things, we tried our best even at the event. We weren’t perfect, but we tried our best. We did not try to be careless and reckless. But at the same time, Darren Waller had an event that meant a lot to him, and they raised so much money that you can’t even begin to imagine how much money they raised to help addicted people get the right place. I hope and my prayer is that we were confused for a few moments, a few minutes here, where we were spotted in front of the camera, and not in the private room in the separate room for an hour, such things. I hope we don’t lose what was really going on there. Because Darren had a great idea, a great plan. He wants to help people and I hope we can put the conversation more that way. We turned to him in the house again. We had to keep the mask, even if we were presented with similar things. But at the end of the day, I hope the story is more about what Darren is trying to accomplish. “
All is well, but many worthy charitable causes do not hold personal fundraising events that violate local rules and guidelines since the beginning of the pandemic. Fundraising for these charities must be done in other ways.
The bigger question is how is the event planned with so many players in attendance, without anyone from the Raiders organization knowing about it and raising a red flag? The atmosphere created by most NFL teams since the start of training camp was that players would drastically limit their off-duty activities to limit potential exposure to the virus. The fact that Carr and other Raiders players will be seen so carelessly and carelessly in an environment that clearly contradicts the letter and spirit of the protocols is, frankly, stunning.
And yes, I’m tougher with Carr than the other players because he is the leader of the teamor at least he should behave that way. If he’s going to do stupid, selfish things, why expect one of the other players not to do stupid, selfish things?
Making Carr’s behavior even more stupid is the fact that he can lose the most to any of his teammates. With a salary of $ 18.9 million, any game not played by the Raiders this year will cost him $ 1.11 million in lost wages.