It might be greater than comprehensible if Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s thoughts was elsewhere on Sunday when he takes the sphere at MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants for his or her Week 9 matchup.
For the second time in a matter of weeks, the 30-year-old is coping with off-field controversies which might be no fault of his personal, however casting a maelstrom of darkish clouds over he and his teammates.
First, it was head coach Jon Gruden resigning after leaked emails from a decade in the past surfaced that featured him utilizing inappropriate language.
Then, on Tuesday, his main receiver in 22-year-old Henry Ruggs was driving 156 mph simply earlier than he struck one other car in Las Vegas, killing the driving force and her canine. His blood-alcohol content material was greater than twice the authorized restrict.
The Raiders launched him shortly after his arrest.
“He literally texted me at midnight [hours before the crash] — golf swing — me and Hunter [Renfrow] — ‘How’s my swing look? You guys need to help me,” Carr stated. “Just seeing that and getting the news when we woke up — how am I supposed to handle that? How am I supposed to react?”
It was clear that he’s struggling with seeing his buddy make such a poor choice whereas making an attempt to stay poised as one of many leaders of a 5-2 Raiders crew that sits atop the AFC West regardless of the entire off-field points.
“Yeah, my emotions have been on a rollercoaster so to speak this year,” Carr stated (h/t Adam Hill Las Vegas Overview-Journal). “My coronary heart goes out a lot. I’ll attempt to say it with a straight face as a result of I’ve already been emotional about each little bit of this. However to the household, to all of the households concerned, nobody ever desires to see this, whether or not it’s a soccer participant or not, you by no means need to see one thing like this occur.
“It broke my spouse and I’s hearts, actually. We talked about it a bit bit, however I can solely discuss it a lot. However on the identical time, whether or not it’s truthful or not, I’ve to compartmentalize and I’ve a job to do. These are two completely completely different conditions. Some comparable feelings, some very completely different feelings. However the message has to keep the identical. Truthfully, I don’t need it to proper now. If I’m egocentric, I don’t need it to.
“I want to say a lot of different things. But we have a game this week and I’ve got a job to do, and so do the guys in that locker room. From that aspect from a football aspect — I hate to talk about both in the same thing but it’s weird and that’s what we’re doing — from a football aspect, every man in that locker room kind of feels the same way but we have work to do… I don’t know the right way to handle it, but I’m doing my best.”
Carr additionally took the time to specific his assist of Ruggs, who was taken to jail and had his first courtroom look on Wednesday.
“I will always be here for him,” Carr stated. “That won’t change. I’ll prove that over the course of time to him. Not to anybody else. He needs people to love him right now. He’s probably feeling a certain type of way about himself right now. He needs to be loved. If no one else will do it, I’ll do it.”
Kick-off for the Giants’ matchup towards Carr and the Raiders is at 1 p.m. ET. The sport may be seen on CBS.