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Raiders QB Derek Carr ‘Disgusted’ by Floyd Video, Calls for End to Hate



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Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr used his platform as a high-profile Christian athlete Friday to denounce the death of George Floyd and call for the end of racism and hate in America.

“I don’t know what it’s like to have a different skin color so I won’t pretend to know,” Carr said in a Twitter post. “My mentor and friends have told me stories, and it breaks my heart to hear some of the things that have happened.”

The former Fresno State standout said he watched the video of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the handcuffed Floyd’s neck while Floyd pleaded he couldn’t breathe.

“My initial thought on the video of George Floyd made me disgusted, mad, and broken-hearted,” Carr said. “Anytime someone loses their life it’s a terrible thing especially when it could have been prevented. My opinions won’t make a difference on how that should have been handled better, but I do think my platform can be used to help.”

Raise Your Children to Love Everyone

Carr talked about how he was “raised to love everyone no matter their gender, skin color, political beliefs, socioeconomic background, or religious beliefs. This is exactly how my children are and will be raised as well.”

The quarterback said that he posted his views on social media in the hope that “anyone who reads this will do the same for their families.”

He concluded with a call for the United States to live up to its ideals and to be a model for nations around the world.

“The division and hate (have) to end,” Carr said. “My hope is that our country would someday be the place other nations look to for unity. God bless you.”

Other NFL Players Decry Floyd’s Death

All-Pro Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt criticized the police officer’s actions in a call with Texas media.

“I think there’s no explanation for it … a man in handcuffs, on the ground, who is clearly detained and clearly saying (he’s) in distress. … I just don’t understand how that situation can’t be remedied in a way that doesn’t end in his death.”

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said in a Wednesday tweet: “Everyone deserves to feel safe & protected in their communities … it’s on us to use our voices and actions to make that happen.”

LeBron James Points to Colin Kaepernick’s Protests

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James’ Instagram post on Tuesday featured a photo of the police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck alongside a photo of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem. His caption: “Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? #StayWoke”

Image of LeBron James Instagram post pointing to George Floyd's death and Colin Kaepernick's protests during the National Anthem

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email