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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr posted a picture of himself in a U.S. camo weighted vest on Twitter yesterday. He does this every offseason, so we figured he had clearance to be publicly patriotic once again, but according to independent NFL reporter Dov Kleiman, we were wrong.
But instead of letting another snowflake get off scot-free pretending to be outraged for likes and retweets, Carr fired back.
What’s your point and what are you trying to imply? It’s a workout weight vest because it’s the real start of my off season training. I said “it’s that time again” While standing in the weight room in my house. So if you are telling people I’m already back to work thank you. https://t.co/SUgFIy8Krd— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 20, 2021
For those confused, the “…” at the end of Kleiman’s comment was put there to suggest that Carr was inciting violence. That’s exactly what the quarterback took from his words, and that’s where it got heated.
“What’s your point and what are you trying to imply? It’s a workout weight vest because it’s the real start of my off season training. I said ‘it’s that time again’ While standing in the weight room in my house. So if you are telling people I’m already back to work thank you,” Carr tweeted back.
It’s ridiculous. Where a camo weight vest with a 🇺🇸 flag on it means something negative? I support EVERY president. I pray for EVERY president. I do my best to serve this country and whoever is leading it. Then dudes try and pull people apart for a “like.” #Reach https://t.co/E2LUTtv20s— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 20, 2021
Like masculinity, patriotism is apparently toxic, if you ask our national media. The fact that Derek Carr has to explain why he is proud of his country should show our nation what the real problem is:
Carr is rightfully upset that his intentions are being questioned, and he decided to defend himself. It’s a tragedy that public figures, or anyone for that matter, has to prepare statements to defend their character instead of letting their resumes speak for themselves.
I wonder if Dov Kleiman is aware of Carr’s work with Valley Children’s Healthcare? Or how about his donations and his fellowship with Christian Athletes?
More than likely, Kleiman doesn’t know a rip about Derek Carr. The only thing the guy knows is that Carr is proud of his country, and media guys like Kleiman consider such proud Americans the “enemy.”
Kick rocks, Dov
In a way, it’s a good thing that Derek Carr decided to clap back at the tomfoolery, but it’s also an indictment of our willingness to consume such media. We allow our reporters to take in facts, mix in their “take-aways,” present us with opinions and then demand that we all share them.
According to the media, the consumer isn’t supposed to look at Carr’s photo and draw his or her own conclusions from it. Some independent NFL reporter who can’t land a job anywhere important must do that for us.
Can it get any worse?