ESPN’s First Take got Stephen A. Smith in some hot water with Derek Carr, though it seems the Raiders quarterback forgave him.
The ESPN program’s Twitter handle mentioned Carr in a post Tuesday with a video of Smith seemingly criticizing Carr over comments the Raiders quarterback made Monday about fans of the team. Carr slapped down the tweet as “nonsense” Tuesday and we mused that Carr appeared at odds with Smith.
When Smith caught wind of Carr’s qualms Tuesday night, he tweeted to clarify his part in the interaction:
“Hey @DerekCarrQB, that was @FirstTake who @ you. (Dang) sure wasn’t me. Never questioned your love for fans,” Smith wrote. “Just stated they don’t need to hear that their (QB and team) are eventually leaving town now that they’re finally respectable. It’s true! Still, all the best!”
Sounds like Smith may be having a few words with some First Take producers.
Carr addressed the situation with NFL Media’s Around The NFL podcast on Wednesday.
“We had a certain individual on another network that we will not give them any props for,” Carr began. “They said something completely idiotic and I learned, No. But, to his credit, he came back and said, ‘Hey it wasn’t me that did that; it was something else.’ So I just said, ‘Hey, no worries, God bless you and have a great one.’ That doesn’t mean I’m going to go out of my way for him.”
Essentially, that was Carr actively offering forgiveness before simply moving on. (His faithful fans would be proud.) It’s easy to guess Carr may be ready for some football-related questions as well.