Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes’ wife Miko says that the Oakland Raiders’ offensive line allowed their own quarterback, Derek Carr, to be injured because he did not join their national anthem protest.
Ms. Grimes claimed on a talk show on Tuesday morning that now-injured Raider quarterback Derek Carr was intentionally allowed to be brutalized by the Denver Broncos’ pass-rush after he offended them by quoting the Bible in response to their organizing a protest of the American flag.
Carr is usually found praying during the national anthem.
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Carr is known to pray during the national anthem, which would appear to go lock step with the part of Grimes’ story about the Bible in the locker room. This theory has also been floated by a couple radio hosts.
This is not the news the Raiders organization wants spreading around the internet. There are going to be massive problems if any part of this story turns out to be true, and given how close of a community the NFL is, there is probably a chance her husband heard this straight from the locker room.
Purposely not blocking for your quarterback because he is against the national anthem protests seems like a surefire way to get cut from a team. A player who was publicly exposed for this type of behavior would probably never play in the NFL again.
The Raiders haven’t responded to Grimes’ claims yet.
If players are not blocking for teammates based on their behavior during the anthem, a dangerous precedent has been set.