Derek Carr explains his approach to blocking people on Twitter

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, when it comes to social media, has notoriously thin skin. Skin much thinner than an NFL quarterback should possess.

Carr has a habit of blocking people on Twitter, which prevents others from access his account or seeing his tweets. On Wednesday, Tashan Reed of TheAthletic.com asked why he had been blocked by Carr.

You probably said something silly,” Carr replied. “You probably said something crazy. I mute and block people all the time. You maybe didn’t even say it about me, you maybe said it about one of my best friends, man. And so I’m sorry that it’s come to this. If you wanna go have lunch, we can have lunch, man. From six feet distance, with masks on. All the protocols. You know, I’m not tryin’ to get in trouble in the city again, you know?

“So we can do that. But I block, man — some of you all probably got blocked on here, too. But we’re still friends. You know? I just don’t want to read the negativity, man. I don’t want someone to tweet it or come at — I don’t wanna see it. So it’s nothin’ personal, man. That’s social media. I’m still me in person, you know?”

If he doesn’t want to see the negativity, the “mute” button handles that. Blocking someone is a much more hostile and combative act, since it not only prevents Carr from seeing tweets that he may not want to see but it also prevents the person who is blocked from seeing Carr’s tweets.

Blocking someone on Twitter is, basically, a social-media middle finger.

Either Carr doesn’t realize that, or he’s not being honest about his approach to using the “block” button. Regardless, he admits that, when it comes to blocking people on Twitter, he’s trigger happy about using it, because he apparently gets more bothered than he should about criticism of his play.

14 responses to “Derek Carr explains his approach to blocking people on Twitter

  1. Just delete the account. Obviously Twitter is not the place for passive aggressive quarterbacks…

  2. There’s plenty of things to criticize Carr about, but I have no problem with this. Twitter has become one of the most abused mediums in history. Some crazy stuff, and a lot of just plain old lies and dishonesty. I doubt Twitter will be around in a couple years. Lots of people trash the mainstream media, but now we all have access and look at us. It’s a joke. Why would anyone even waste time reading the garbage.

  3. Derek Carr – the Fragile Frankie of the NFL.

    Having said that (in jest), social media has become predominantly a cesspool of nonsense, where it is impossible to distinguish the value they preached in the first place. A reset is required.

  4. Tim Kawakami blocked me after the Khalil Mack trade. I replied to one of his tweets regarding Gruden’s thinking at the time. I mentioned that maybe the distraction of a Mack hold out during the regular season and the fixation that the media would have on said distraction wasn’t as attractive as two first round picks. I got the social-media middle finger…

  5. The Carr brothers are equally sensitive. Meanwhile people have been taking shots at the Manning brothers for years yet they take all the heat and delivered championships

  6. If you truly “like” someone pick up the phone and give them a call, let them hear your voice. Put some time into your relationships. Social media…sigh…

  7. I had an account and followed lots of folks. Even had a follower, for whatever reason. Then, saw how everyone is so crazy about their comments and decided it just wasn’t worth reading all the trash to get to the good stuff, out there. So I deleted my Twitter account and removed the app. Then, I went onto my other social media and took them off line. Now all I have is PFT to read……….Good Times…

  8. Good for Carr. If people were held accountable more often then we’d have less issues on social media

  9. I block people on social media all the time. Don’t need ignorance or anonymous negativity weighing me down. It is his account, he can do what he wants with it.

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