Donald Penn disputes phony claim of deliberately allowing Derek Carr injury

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The Oakland Raiders have become the victims of fake news.

Miko Grimes, the wife of Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes, has made an inflammatory claim about the Raiders — a claim so ridiculous and patently false that we initially weren’t going to mention it.

Grimes contended during a radio appearance that the team’s offensive line deliberately allowed the Week Four injury to quarterback Derek Carr. She further explained that they were unhappy with the manner in which Carr handled the anthem controversy.

“[H]e was so upset about it when the whole offensive line was saying they were going to kneel, he was like, ‘No, no, no, no, you’re not kneeling. No. No.'” Grimes said. “‘This is America. You’re going to stand for the flag.’ And they got in a fight in the locker room. So when they came out to play, they basically had a plan. . . .”

Here’s the problem with that contention. The injury happened in Week Four, when the Raiders played the Broncos in Denver. The kneeling controversy hit full boil a week earlier, when the Raiders played Washington on a Sunday night.

Grimes actually referred to the injury as happening against Washington, which could be regarded as an innocent factual error. It’s also possible, however, the Grimes became aware of radio chatter (take a few minutes to listen to it) that the Raiders’ offensive line essentially tanked the game at Washington (Oakland lost 27-10) and that after Carr suffered the injury a week later she mashed the two events together, deliberately or inadvertently, and emerged with the misguided notion that the offensive line pulled a Remember The Titans/The Longest Yard maneuver on Carr in the heat of the moment, fueled by the craziness that descended on the league in the days after President Trump but the NFL on blast.

Guard Kelechi Osemele previously disputed the claims of tanking that emerged after the Week Three loss to Washington. Here’s what Osemele said on Instagram about the claim of tanking on September 25, six days before Carr’s injury: “if you guys really believe that…I don’t even know what to tell you. Carr is our brother he fully supported our decision to make this statement we discussed this as a TEAM and we all have each other’s back . . . we’re back focused on working now end of conversation.”

Tackle Donald Penn has now refuted the notion that the Raiders deliberately got Carr injured on October 1.

“It’s crazy how people will make up lies and tell a story so false and untrue 2 get them some attention I hope it was worth it all lies,” Penn said on Twitter.

Let’s apply some common sense to this one. If someone intentionally allowed Carr to suffer an injury that caused him to miss a game, some hint of dysfunction or disharmony would have emerged at some point in the five weeks since it happened. There are too many legitimate reporters swarming around the team and the league to not catch wind of something so explosive.

Also, the video of the injury contains nothing to suggest that anyone deliberately whiffed on a block. The play looked to be a delayed screen intended for tight end Jared Cook, but when Broncos safety Darian Stewart sniffed it out and followed Carr, he opted to tuck and run, and he quickly was twisted up and hit in the back.

Put simply, there was nothing to suggest that the Raiders’ offensive line was deliberately trying not to block for Carr. Which means that there’s nothing to the claim of an intent to allow his injury. Which means that we can go back to ignoring anything and everything Miko Grimes says.

44 responses to “Donald Penn disputes phony claim of deliberately allowing Derek Carr injury

  1. I used to just be ashamed of the way they’ve played this year. Now it seems I have another reason to as a fan.

  2. Miko Grimes, enough said. If you believe anything out her mouth you need your head examined. There are plenty of examples that she’s better at putting things in her mouth than talking out of it.

  3. NFL locker rooms are the most united places in the country right now. The rest of our nation is completely divided. There are guys from so many different backgrounds all playing together for one common cause. The only thing that could jeopardize that are the owners. While players are all in, risking their health in an effort to win games, lots of owners are deliberately not signing the best QBs available, that would give their team the best chance to win. It’s hard to ask the players to be all in when the owners aren’t giving it their best effort. Shame on the owners for not giving their best effort. That really isn’t the American way.

  4. Who in their right mind would lend credence to anything Miko Grimes says? She is a bitter, loud mouthed, malignant cancer of a human being whose track record speaks volumes.

  5. Common Sense would tell you Miko Grimes is a selfish attention-addict (I’d use a different word than ‘addict’ but it’d get taken out of context, no doubt).

  6. This whole story started on a Alt-Right/White Supremacist BS news (if you can even call it that) outlet that said it had many unnamed “NFL sources” backing up their claims. I was at the game. The whole team played like crap. Did their all African American offensive line have something against their all African American running backs? Because they ran the ball for a TOTAL of 32 yards. Lynch has been sitting for the National Anthem all year, so you would figure they would ball out for him if any of this was true. I guess the receivers had something against Carr too? They dropped passes all night.

    She may want to check where she’s getting her news from.

  7. Guess what greatgabbert the rumor was started by 2 idiot conservative radio host here in Sacramento weeks ago. They said “it was heard from a reliable source” but said they had no actual proof. Their race baiting comments never end.

  8. The sad thing is some of my follow Raiders fans actually believed this nonsense to be true. “Oh, Rodney Hudson had two bad snaps. He never has bad snaps! Proof he was trying to get him hurt!”. It’s so sad people will believe anything after a bad game.

  9. We weren’t going to mention it, but we will mention it and use 11 paragraphs to do so. #rollseyes

  10. How would you like having to come home to that everyday? Brent stuck with her for not sure why. When it comes to racism Mikko is the tip of the sword.

  11. I find it curious how a wild statement based on no factual basis by someone who was not an eyewitness or in contact with any is reported at all. Miko Grimes gets the Lavar Ball Award for getting yourself national attention and newsfeed ink by saying things that are nonfactual and nonsensical.

  12. I’m not sure if this comment will get published but along with Lynch, I think that Penn has also been cancerous and contributed to the Raiders problems. The never should’ve caved into him during his holdout but should’ve cut him instead.

    From the article:

    “Here’s the problem with that contention. The injury happened in Week Four, when the Raiders played the Broncos in Denver. The kneeling controversy hit full boil a week earlier, when the Raiders played Washington on a Sunday night.”

    The Raiders tanked completely against the Redskins with Carr having his worst game as a pro. And a lot of it was due to the horrible play of the offensive line. It wouldn’t have been a shock to have seen Carr get injured in that game rather than the next week.

    “Let’s apply some common sense to this one. If someone intentionally allowed Carr to suffer an injury that caused him to miss a game, some hint of dysfunction or disharmony would have emerged at some point in the five weeks since it happened. There are too many legitimate reporters swarming around the team and the league to not catch wind of something so explosive”

    The Raiders were 2-0 and living up to many’s expectations prior to the Redskins game and have been 2-6 starting with that game. They’ve been 2-6 starting from that point again the o-line has played very poorly and many have blamed an atmosphere of dysfunction which starts with Lynch and extending to Penn and his influence on the o-line:

  13. Lol wow if you werent so dumb to believe that it would be even funnier.

    charliecharger says:

    November 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    NFL locker rooms are the most united places in the country right now. The rest of our nation is completely divided. There are guys from so many different backgrounds all playing together for one common cause. The only thing that could jeopardize that are the owners. While players are all in, risking their health in an effort to win games, lots of owners are deliberately not signing the best QBs available, that would give their team the best chance to win. It’s hard to ask the players to be all in when the owners aren’t giving it their best effort. Shame on the owners for not giving their best effort. That really isn’t the American way.

  14. I don’t think it’s true.
    But…
    if it appears the blocking was not suspect on the play he was injured. it does not mean the blocking was not suspect on other plays leading up to it.
    If you are going to do this, are you going to be so obvious as to not block in every pass play?
    Maybe he was hurt prior to that last hit. It was just that last hit that broke the camels ribs?
    If Billy the Kid happened to be a passenger in a train when it was robbed by someone else, does that mean he couldn’t be a suspect in other train robberies?

    I doubt it’s true, but watching how that one play progressed does not prove their innocence.

  15. Right wingers delight in anything that sows discontent, sorrow and anger with the minority population of this country these days.

    It’s what they do.

  16. this is a ridiculous story. no way its true. i am a cynic at heart and i dont believe this for a second. the o linemen want to win as badly as anyone else.

  17. The Dolphins have not made many good personnel decision lately, but getting rid of Brent Grimes which in turn takes that horrble attention seeking loudmouth moron spouse of his with him was a great one!

  18. I absolutely believe the hatred is strong enough to do something like tank to get a guy hurt. And it wasn’t just that one play. The silupposed best pass blocking OL in the league let anyone and everyone through to the QB in that game. That’s indisputable.

    If you don’t kneel, you’ll be on your back on a stretcher. It’s far from preposterous.

  19. A delayed screen only works if the offensive line ALLOWS the defensive line to move toward the pocket. That clears space for the back or TE to get open.

    For the O-Line, the trick is to make the play look like a downfield pass play, and let the pass rushers do their thing at a controlled rate, which takes them out of position to defend the screen.

    If they block too well, they clog up the passing lane. If the rush looks “too easy,” a defender comes up to cover the receiver or rush the QB.

    To me, this sounds like the Oline basically did their job. The Dline penetrated, but the safety figured out the screen and got to Carr. Collision sport; stuff happens.

    The folks who want to find racism in everything are sure getting tiresome. So I’ll leave them with a football question: when drawing up plays, is it more racist to use white chalk on a blackboard, or a black marker on a whiteboard?

  20. Maybe she noticed that 6 of Carr’s 10 sacks this season came in the Redskins and Broncos games (week 3 and 4). The OL cannot set out to get a QB injured, but they can allow him to take some hits. Do I think this happened – no. These men are professionals and by account, you’d have to be a pretty scummy person to wish harm on Derek Carr – whatever your political leanings are. Still, if you look at how the Raiders OL played in those 2 games, you can see why this rumor has been floating around

  21. I don’t know about Penn?

    But I can’t remember when the last time I saw an All Pro Center snap the ball to his quarterback 3 times in a game when he wasn’t ready. I could see Carr say to Hudson after the 2nd or 3rd time “Hey man calm down, it’s alright” and extend both hands out to his side and lower them in a very non confrontational way.

    I don’t know what Carr meant in saying that? His body language read he was backing down from something heavy. And I don’t know if the radio station who reported it with quotes from teammates directly after the game was accurate or not? But Hudson’s play and the way the line collapsed quickly several times on Carr. Did look rather suspicious to me as a lifetime Raiders fan. Who follows their play and watches every game.

    Hoping it was just poor play from the line. Carr quickly took all the blame though.

  22. Why has no one mentioned that (even) Cris Collingsworth made comments about how awful the Raiders were playing during the broadcast? He said the score should be 70-0 judging by the lack of interest the Raiders had shown in playing
    After the game, that big dummy Penn wasn’t talking about the loss. He was bad mouthing Trump for “calling us out. When you get called out by the president you got to do sumthin'”
    I don’t remember seeing anyone other than Lynch sitting during the anthem prior to that game, so what is Penn talking about HE got called out?
    Reggie just paid everyone, and now he’s gotta blow up the roster? I haven’t watched an entire game since that SNF game. If they’re willing to lay down to prove how important their cause is, why don’t they get out into the community more and influence the young kids their so concerned about and turn them away from a life of crime. It would do more for their cause than insulting the fans with their lame brain plan.

  23. Glad to know others have noticed the same thing about Penn. I think getting into it with that fan was when he pretty much exposed himself. He went from being super dependable to a turnstile this season right after he got paid. Some of his answers during interviews are sketchy and he’s visibly nervous. Don’t know if it’s intentional or not, but “something’s rotten in Denmark”.

  24. There WAS definitely a schism between the O-Line and Carr that night against the Skins, they started getting over it the next game and they’re fine now, but there was a problem, no doubt about it.

    Penn was the leader of the whole thing.

  25. This report came out as soon as it happened. Grimes is not the one to have brought this out. There was a report that one of the o linemen said “oh he’s gonna stand, well let him stand out there on his own”. That report came out of the locker room. But the people who control who gets credentials to get into the Raider press area told a reporter that if he continued into that line of questioning he would be forever barred from being credentialed. What reporter would want to effectively lose their job? Of course they’re gonna hush up. I’m not saying that it happened but I don’t put it past this “movement” to get vindictive in that manner.

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