During the 2017 NFL season, the Oakland Raiders have gotten a lot more attention for their national anthem protests than their play on the field. Following in Colin Kaepernick’s footsteps, Marshawn Lynch has driven the anthem protests. Instead of taking a knee, as a respectful gesture to protest police brutality and racial injustice in America, Lynch has begun sitting out the anthem. Besides his protest, he also wore an “Everybody vs. Trump” t-shirt in front of the cameras before one of the Raider’s games to rile up America.
Back on September 24, every eye was one the players taking a knee during the anthem, but America should have been watching Quarterback Derek Carr. He was praying on television in solidarity with his teammates.
A few people, including Calvary, saw the action unfolding. They wrote on Twitter, “An NFL quarterback who prays publicly and tells the world that he is not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Well done Derek Carr!”
Ben Olson also wrote about it on Twitter, “Really cool seeing Derek Carr praying during the National Anthem tonight during all the disagreement in America.”
The next week Carr was sacked twice during the 10/1 game against the Denver Broncos.
Because Carr was sacked during the game, Miko Grimes, the wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes, claims that the offensive line allowed him to get injured because he disagreed with the anthem protests.
“A lot of people don’t know, but the reason Derek Carr got injured is because the Raiders offensive line allowed him to get injured. Because he was against them protesting, and they had to fight in the locker room before that Monday night game with the Redskins…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. No. No. 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.”
Because Grimes blamed the anthem protestors for Carr’s injuries, the Oakland Raiders have since shot back. Cornerback Antonio Hamilton turned to Twitter to respond to Grime’s disturbing allegations.
“A lie don’t care who tells it as long as it’s told. People will do and say anything just to get a few mins of fame. Almost every word was false.”
Hamilton then released a statement that read:
“The part where she said DC is a Bible thumper is true. He is a great man of God who isn’t afraid to express and show his love for Christ… Everything else she said was a lie, that’s the most energy she gets out of me, the rest was a lie… Let’s put our energy into spreading peace and putting positive vibes in the air… People we got to do better… If you’re going to put information out at least let it be 100% true.”
Do you think these professional football players played poorly as part of their protest?