Derek Carr reacts to report of ‘fractured relationship’ with Raiders teammates
Derek Carr took to Twitter on Tuesday morning seemingly to react to a report that suggests a “fractured relationship” between himself and his Oakland Raiders teammates.
While Carr does not directly deny there may be issues within the Raiders locker room, he does argue that said reports will not tear the Raiders apart.
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
The notion that Carr has lost the Raiders locker room stems from a report filed by Marcus Thompson of The Athletic in which some fairly damaging details are alleged.
“Team sources describe a fractured relationship between Carr and his teammates, mostly because confidence in him has waned. It certainly didn’t help when film showed what looked like him crying after being sacked and injuring his arm,” Thompson writes. “They saw his face. They heard his whimper. They witnessed him explain on the sidelines. They assuredly watched it again in film session. It’s hard to see how Carr can lead this team again.”
The incident in question occurred during the Raiders’ 27-3 loss to the Oakland Raiders in London on Oct. 14, footage of which hit social media.
The breaking point is here. Damn. #Raiders pic.twitter.com/bAAkwygaVE
— Damon Bruce (@DamonBruce) October 14, 2018
The Raiders are without question a total mess at the moment. Sitting at 1-5 in the cellar of the AFC West in Jon Gruden’s first season back on the sidelines, the Raiders have all but raised the white flag by jettisoning Khalil Mack ahead of the season and then Amari Cooper on Monday.
Despite Carr’s tweeted protest about what’s happening behind closed doors, the word out of Oakland is that he could be the next sent packing, among others. All things considered, perhaps that would be the best-case scenario for all involved parties.