During a preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams, the star quarterback of the Oakland Raiders, Derek Carr, stood for the entirety of the national anthem with his hand on the shoulder of his teammate, Khalil Mack, who also stood during the anthem. As Carr is a white man and Mack is a black man, headlines praised this act as a unified symbol against racial inequality. 

“We wanted to show them that it’s okay for a white kid and a black kid that come from two different neighborhoods [to] grow up and love one another and be best friends,” Carr said (via ESPN), “and that’s what me and Khalil are. We’re best friends and we love one another.”

Although virtually the rest of the team remained seated during the national anthem, Carr and Mack did not back down from their proclamation of unified support for the United States’ anthem. 

However, a new report from The Armstrong and Getty Radio Show reveals a sinister consequence of Carr’s action. In a bombshell revealing “insider information” from a “very reliable source,” the radio show claimed that players from the Oakland Raiders allowed Carr to be sacked multiple times during the game. The show analysed some of the passes made during the game, and noted that that several extremely capable receivers made multiple “weird drops.”

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One of the team’s offensive linemen has been recorded saying, “He wants to stand alone, he can stand alone on the field.” 

This possibly direct proof continues into an epic national scandal with a team official telling a local reporter, “If you report on this, you will be blackballed, you will not get access to the Raiders period. Your career covering the team will be over.”

Notwithstanding the intense legal and ethical ramifications of the above statements (if true), it is incredible to witness the progression of the NFL’s response to what had initially begun as a publicity stunt for Kaepernick spiral into an internally destructive topic. Despite Carr’s best intentions to heal racial tensions revolving around the American anthem, if the above data proves to be true, it would seem that the NFL will collapse under the stress of its players plotting against each other to further their political agenda. 

All of these statements and claims will hopefully be investigated and substantiated, if true. Due to the majority presence of black Americans on most NFL teams, the response against Carr on his own team is undoubtedly racial animus stoked by Carr’s resistance against disrespecting the national anthem.

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