Derek Carr wanted to stop the social media speculation just in case too many people were reading into why he was wearing a camouflage weighted vest featuring an American flag.
Most times a workout is just a workout, not a political pitch.
So Derek Carr, the quarterback of the Las Vegas Raiders, tweeted at the reporter who appeared to be trying to make his camo vest a bigger deal than it apparently was.
Carr wrote: “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.”
In a separate tweet, Carr said: “It’s ridiculous. Where a camo weight vest with a flag on it means something negative? I support EVERY president. … pray for EVERY president. I do my best to serve this country and whoever is leading it. Then dudes try and pull apart for a “like.” “
So Why This Reaction From Derek Carr?
Now, for some context. Derek Carr made the initial post on Instagram, writing “it’s that time again,” on Wednesday as the country watched the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
And in case anyone forgot, the level of political anxiety zoomed in the last month, after supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, Jan. 6, protesting that the election results were fraud. A lot of the rioters were seen wearing camo vests, while waving American flags.
People did start to wonder about Derek Carr and his initial Instagram post. It doesn’t take much to kick off speculation. After all, that’s what folks do on social media.
The burning question: Was Derek Carr a Trump supporter?
One response: “The optics are terrible and he knows better. A military camouflage vest with the American flag patch on inauguration day. He was making a statement. I just want to know is he maga or not?????? Simple question.”
Another wrote: “The optics are terrible and he knows better. A military camouflage vest with the American flag patch on inauguration day. He was making a statement. I just want to know is he maga or not?????? Simple question.”
That wasn’t all, as more either defended or piled on the QB.
“What kind of crayons do you use when drawing wild conclusions?”
“All he did was re-post it and suddenly Carr got defensive. Almost like he knew exactly what he was doing when he posted it…”
“Perception is everything in some instances. Your opinion is valued. Many people thought the picture was suspect and they have the right to feel that way. Derek clarified things with his second tweet.”
The then-Oakland Raiders selected Derek Carr in the second round of the 2014 draft. He earned starting status as a rookie. This season, following the team’s move to Las Vegas, Carr led the Raiders to an 8-8 record, throwing for 4,103 passing yards, 27 touchdowns with nine interceptions.