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Derek Carr is having none of what Stephen A. Smith has to offer Tuesday.
In the wake of comments Carr made Monday, seemingly his first lesson in relocation awkwardness, the Raiders quarterback called out the ESPN personality on Twitter.
When tweeted a video of Smith’s criticism, Carr calmly and surely shut down First Take — the program co-hosted by Smith.
Don’t @ me with this nonsense. I LOVE ALL Raider fans and they know it. Period. Non issue taken out of context..
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) April 18, 2017
Smith argued that Carr must have gumption to disqualify any Raiders fans, based on a reaction to Carr’s comments that the QB later called a misunderstanding.
“To literally say they’re not real fans, with the nonsense and the ineptitude that they have tolerated for more than a decade while still supporting this franchise?” Smith said. “He’s got a lot of nerve saying that.”
Seems like Carr — who clarified that he “loves ALL Raiders fans” in a tweet Monday night — disagrees with Smith’s interpretation of his comments.
Giving full context requires providing Carr’s original comments, via Raiders beat writer Jimmy Durkin:
This was his fourth question he received during a nearly 20-minute news conference in a room filled now by a fair share of Vegas media in addition to local reporters and one national media member. He had just been asked if he had any thoughts on the Vegas move beyond his initial posting on Twitter the day of the vote. The follow-up to that response centered on what his interaction has been like with fans he’s come across in the Bay Area, some of whom are obviously upset the Raiders are leaving town for the second time.
Here’s Carr’s full answer, according to the official transcript sent out by the Raiders (and because Durkin was there and transcribed the recording myself too, I can attest that these are the exact words):
“Honestly, it was surprising to me. I don’t know if it really should have surprised me because that’s just how Raider fans are. It’s just, ‘Hey, we’re going with you. We’re Raiders.’ Like I said in the message, through the hard times and the good times, we’re still Raiders. There’s been a lot of hard times before. Now, we’re starting to have some good times. This is just another thing that we’re just going to deal with together. We’re not going to split up like you’ve seen other cities do. We’re not going to do things like that. For the ones that do, I don’t really believe that they’re true Raider fans. I feel their hurt. I’m with you. I hurt too. But at the same time, we’re all in this together and we’re just going to do it together.”