Carr and Mack: Hand on shoulder during anthem wasn’t a protest

AP

As Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat again for the national anthem, quarterback Derek Carr stood with a hand on linebacker Khalil Mack. After the game, Carr made it clear that he and Mack weren’t engaged in any form of protest.

“We wanted to show them that it’s OK for a white kid and a black kid that come from two different neighborhoods [to] grow up and love one another and be best friends,” Carr said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. “And that’s what me and Khalil are — we’re best friends and we love one another.”

The gesture specifically occurred during the anthem because Carr (pictured talking to Lynch during last night’s game) and Mack realize that everyone is now watching what happens when the anthem is being played.

“[W]e see what’s going on in the world and, obviously, everyone pays attention to the national anthem nowadays, and so we just said this was the best time to do it while still honoring our country,” Carr said. “Because I love this country, more than anything. We’re free to live here and play this game, but we’re also free to show each other that we love one another. And I think that that’s the message, and that’s the only message we were trying to get out.”

Mack echoed those sentiments.

“To show [that] different races can get along, white, black, whatever you are, get along and be friends and . . . just show unity,” Mack said, per Gutierrez. “Show togetherness. It’s discussed a lot. It’s one of the things I feel passionately about, but I just don’t like the attention, the attention that comes with it. But at the same time, just using my platform for positivity is what’s important for me.”

Raiders safety Shalom Luani opted to take a knee during the anthem. Luani said after the game, according to Gutierrez, that Luani was praying, not protesting.

The fact that Carr and Mack would feel compelled to show the world that people of different races can enjoy the same kind of relationship that people of the same race can is encouraging in light of recent events. But it’s also more than a little depressing that the lesson of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder and their piano keys existing side by side apparently has come undone and needs to be taught all over again.

52 responses to “Carr and Mack: Hand on shoulder during anthem wasn’t a protest

  1. Carr is a God fearing Christian. He was raised better than these selfish, immature players taking a knee. Carr wouldn’t protest. He was raised with respect and intelligent parents. Taking a knee is doing absolutely nothing. Wanna protest? Give your money to the ppl you think are oppressed. Actually do something.

  2. Nothing could make me like the Raiders.
    I wish that they wouldn’t try.

    Great gesture guys!
    These shows of unity give me hope for the future of our country.

    Chris Long has started a show of empathy, humanity and brotherly love that we all need to see.
    It is amazingly inspirational to me.

  3. There you go, for people who opposed Kaep, even threatened to not buy ticket or watch football. Now are you going to stop watching NFLfootball?

  4. There you go, for people who opposed Kaep, even threatened to not buy ticket or watch football. Now are you going to stop watching NFLfootball? Even nypd stepped up to show support for Kaep.

  5. That’s nice, but now you have two articles about the national anthem played before the game and zero articles about the game. Maybe you are getting away from your bread and butter. I know it’s a preseason game, but still.

  6. Aside from being washed up, Lynch is a headcase and a locker-room cancer. No other team wanted Lynch and if Son-of-Al hadn’t insisted on signing him, then the Raiders could be concentrating on football rather than this stuff.

  7. good lord, I’m so bored with all of this. I want to watch FOOTBALL. If this crap continues to be fodder for POLI events – I’m not interested unfortunately. I know I’m one dude – but I can imagine there is others like and will start bailing. ugh.

  8. Sorry but this is no longer providing shock value.
    Next year they will probably be spooning.

  9. All these guys need to do is make it clear they respect, admire, and appreciate all soldiers and others that have risked or given their lives to protect all the people of this country.

    Then make clear what they are protesting against. We all know our government has a checkered history and is currently reckless and misguided.

    That kind of understanding would help.

  10. Lynch, Mack and Carr all played pretty solidly for the Raiders yesterday. The problem is that many of the other players did not play well. Focus on fixing this.

  11. This is fun…every player is now trying to be original then asked afterwards what it symbolized. Maybe they could have 5 minutes after anthem/before kickoff which could include props.

  12. never thought i’d say this after watching nfl for almost 48 years. many years with my dad, and then my friends…mlb is looking better and better. brewers fan, but ehhh, dont think they’ll make it. looks like dodgers all the way, unless they completely melt down in playoffs.

  13. niners816 says:
    August 20, 2017 at 7:58 am
    Carr is a God fearing Christian. He was raised better than these selfish, immature players taking a knee. Carr wouldn’t protest. He was raised with respect and intelligent parents. Taking a knee is doing absolutely nothing. Wanna protest? Give your money to the ppl you think are oppressed. Actually do something.
    – – – –

    Like what Kaepernick does? He has donated over $1 million and also donates a large amount of his own personal time with his organization Know Your Rights, yet NFL owners have essentially blackballed him (how’s that Ryan Mallet working out for your Ravens, Mr. Bisciotti??).

    Since he donates both his time AND money, does that mean you now support him taking a knee?

  14. niners816 says:
    August 20, 2017 at 7:58 am
    Carr is a God fearing Christian. He was raised better than these selfish, immature players taking a knee. Carr wouldn’t protest. He was raised with respect and intelligent parents. Taking a knee is doing absolutely nothing. Wanna protest? Give your money to the ppl you think are oppressed. Actually do something.

    109 110 Rate This
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    The fact that your comment has so many thumbs up is troubling.

  15. Nice gesture by Carr and Mack but I’m fed up with all of this nonsense in the NFL. More and more these guys are proving that they just don’t get it and the league office is so disconnected from the fan base it’s ridiculous. Fortunately the NHL season isn’t too far away. I love the respect hockey players have for each other. Before each game the American and Canadian anthems are played and guess what, there’s no made up political bs. Nothing but mutual respect amongst players and countries from all over the globe. Take some notes NFL, you could learn a lot

  16. Can’t wait for an NFL team to wear friendship bracelets. That’ll be quite the demonstration.

  17. What are you bigots gonna do when your favorite player in your favorite sport begins acknowledging the facts that you try so hard to deny?

    Find a new favorite sport. The next best sport is basketball lmao. Good luck watching MLB 🙂

  18. Thank goodness these NFL’ers are alive to tell us what to acknowledge and rebuff. Before all this, I had no idea we can have friends of other backgrounds. I’m going down to the park and try this out. Along the way I will try and notice some racial disparity.

  19. These guys are just football players. The media is making this a huge issue, and it really isn’t. These players aren’t role models, they dont create social norms or dictate anything to society. They throw, catch, and kick a ball. If they do that well, great. Who really cares about anything else? They want to protest? Cool, just catch the ball. I don’t care, or respect, thier personal beliefs.

  20. I get this. Instead of collecting friends of different colors, which is currently fashionable, just collect friends. Anyone who’s been in the military knows that your best friends don’t have a color. That’s where the melting pot is real.
    Just collect friends. And be good to people who deserve it

  21. milliondollardream2 says:
    August 20, 2017 at 10:39 am
    All these guys need to do is make it clear they respect, admire, and appreciate all soldiers and others that have risked or given their lives to protect all the people of this country.

    Then make clear what they are protesting against. We all know our government has a checkered history and is currently reckless and misguided.

    That kind of understanding would help.

    ———————————————-

    Kaep made it clear several times what he was protesting and it was not to disrespect veterans. I swear people only hear what they want to hear.

  22. @niners816 He was raised with respect and intelligent parents. Taking a knee is doing absolutely nothing. Wanna protest? Give your money to the ppl you think are oppressed. Actually do something.

    what is that suppose to mean. I assume you mean as oppose to all these black athletes with not so smart parents and whom didn’t raise their children with respect. SMH

  23. When is the NHL starting? Nobody sits during national anthems, nobody caressing anyone, just violent body checks, fights and o yeah fast past entertainment.

  24. How use the Nationail Anthem to pay tribute to this great country and its veterans. You know what it was intended for.
    If Carr and Mack want to show the world how much they love each other, they can hand hands and skip onto the field for all I care.
    Lets save the National Anthem for homage to those before us.

  25. maestro1899 says:
    August 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    yet NFL owners have essentially blackballed him (how’s that Ryan Mallet working out for your Ravens, Mr. Bisciotti??).

    ———-
    As good as Kaep
    Less expensive than Kaep
    Far less of a distraction to the team than Kaep

    Any other questions?

  26. Going to have to disagree with Carr’s take that it wasn’t a protest. They were protesting the fact that having to remind the world that black and white can be brothers should be at this point totally unnecessary. I totally agree and good on them for making that statement. That said, using the National Anthem as a tool to make their statement because they knew that cameras would be looking was unnecessary and just detracted from what they were trying to achieve. You’re celebrities who can command an audience. If you want to make a statement, just make it. Don’t invite the country to question your patriotism. Others have tried this and failed. Don’t repeat their mistake, learn from it.

  27. Kneeling for anthem, wearing pig socks and castro shirts, looking hateful and offering no answers? DIVISIVE.

    What Carr and Mack did? Showing UNITY.

  28. Mr. Carr, please place a hand on the shoulders of the spouses of the two police officers in Kissimee FL, who were killed…..where is the outrage. All we hear is protest over this or that….they were people too.

  29. niners816 says:
    August 20, 2017 at 7:58 am
    Carr is a God fearing Christian. He was raised better than these selfish, immature players taking a knee. Carr wouldn’t protest. He was raised with respect and intelligent parents. Taking a knee is doing absolutely nothing. Wanna protest? Give your money to the ppl you think are oppressed. Actually do something.

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    Niners816 has said some stupid things over the years and this is no different. So sick of hearing from people like you that think being a Christian automatically means you’re a good person. Christians carried out the crusades. Ever heard of it. My kids have never read a word of the Bible but they have two parents that have taught them right from wrong.

  30. niners816 says:
    August 20, 2017 at 7:58 am
    Carr is a God fearing Christian. He was raised better than these selfish, immature players taking a knee. Carr wouldn’t protest. He was raised with respect and intelligent parents. Taking a knee is doing absolutely nothing. Wanna protest? Give your money to the ppl you think are oppressed. Actually do something.

    —-
    Niners816 has said some stupid things over the years and this is no different. So sick of hearing from people like you that think being a Christian automatically means you’re a good person. Christians carried out the crusades. Ever heard of it. My kids have never read a word of the Bible but they have two parents that have taught them right from wrong.

  31. But it’s also more than a little depressing that the lesson of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder and their piano keys existing side by side apparently has come undone and needs to be taught all over again.
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    Huh?

  32. leatherface2012 says:
    August 20, 2017 at 11:59 am
    never thought i’d say this after watching nfl for almost 48 years. many years with my dad, and then my friends…mlb is looking better and better. brewers fan, but ehhh, dont think they’ll make it. looks like dodgers all the way, unless they completely melt down in playoffs.
    ________________________________

    Have fun watching baseball. Just make sure you take Joe Buck with you.

  33. But it’s also more than a little depressing that the lesson of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder and their piano keys existing side by side apparently has come undone and needs to be taught all over again.
    _________________________________

    Huh?

    Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney wrote and performed a song together called “Ebony & Ivory” back in 1982. It spent 7 weeks at the top. The song was about racial equality and harmony.

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