On Monday night, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and several other teammates witnessed an event that was too crowded in an indoor setting with no masks in sight. On Tuesday, the incident was revealed. Carr opened up about his behavior on Wednesday.
“I feel like we’ve done a fantastic job here,” Carr told reporters, via Josh Shrock of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I hate that a few moments without our masks led to a story about our team and all that stuff, especially after the fines that were handed out a few weeks ago. We felt bad about it. We brought it up with the coach and we talked to our coaches about what really happened and all that sort of thing. At the end of the day we were there – I mean, shoot guys, I had dinner and dates with 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 date.
Hey, Derek, a lot of people haven’t taken their spouses to dinner since March. And you have the money to have gourmet meals delivered to your brand new Las Vegas mansion every night, and to eat after you put the kids to bed. So if you really want to avoid the virus for the duration of the football season, you make the sacrifice (even if it’s even a ‘sacrifice’ to have gourmet meals delivered to your brand new Las Vegas mansion) and stay at home.
As for the idea that it was only “a few moments without our masks” that created the story, where is the video of Carr and his teammates wearing masks? In the videos that have been revealed, where is the mask that would otherwise hang around his neck or chin, which usually happens when someone wearing a mask takes a break from doing it?
“We did our best and we had a few moments where we slipped, took off the masks so people could see our face and stuff like that,” Carr said. “We signed waivers, hand sanitizer like crazy. All that stuff, we did our best even at the event. We weren’t perfect but we were doing our best. We weren’t trying to be reckless and reckless. But at the same time, Darren Waller organized an event for something that meant a lot to him and they collected so much money that you won’t even begin to imagine how much money they collected to help people with drug addiction convince them . place. My hope and my prayer is that a few moments spoil us, a few minutes here where we were seen on camera, not in the private room in the separate room for an hour, things like that. 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 hopefully we can get more of the conversation that way. Again, we addressed it internally. We should have kept the mask on even though they introduce us and things like that. But in the end, I hope the story is more about what Darren is trying to accomplish.
All is well, but many worthy charitable causes have failed to host in-person fundraising events that violate local rules and basic guidelines since the start of the pandemic. Fundraising for these charities needs to be done differently.
The bigger question is how was the event scheduled with so many players in attendance without someone in the Raiders organization knowing it and raising a red flag? The mood created by most NFL teams since training camp began was that players would drastically reduce their off-duty activities to limit potential exposure to the virus. The fact that Carr and the other Raiders players are seen so casually and nonchalantly in a setting that clearly contradicts the letter and spirit of the Protocols is, frankly, staggering.
And yes, I’m harder on Carr than the other players because he is the team leader, or at least it should act like this. If he’s going to do stupid and selfish things, why should we expect any of the other players not to do stupid and selfish things?
Making Carr’s conduct even dumber is the fact that he has the most to lose among his teammates. With a salary of $ 18.9 million, every game not played by the Raiders this year would cost them $ 1.11 million in lost salary.