Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr suggested in his first comments since Jon Gruden resigned that all communication from front office personnel and coaches be made available.
“If we just started opening up everybody’s private emails and texts, people will start sweating a little bit,” Carr told reporters on Wednesday, via ESPN. “Hopefully not too many, but maybe that’s what they should do for all coaches and GMs and owners from now on. You got to open up everything and see what happens.”
Gruden resigned as head coach of the Raiders on Monday evening after a New York Times report that he’d sent hateful homophobic, racist and misogynistic emails over the course of a decade. The communication was found and subsequently leaked as part of the 10-month investigation into the Washington Football Team’s toxic club culture.
Carr: Love the man, hate the sin
Carr declined to go too deep into his feelings on the situation, citing a need to focus on football or else his mind will drift. He did voice support and empathy for Gruden — though he clarified “what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong” — and said he hopes he has people who will help him.
“Don’t get me wrong, I love the man, and you hate the sin. Like for anybody, no one is perfect,” he said.
“But you hate the action, you hate it. You’re not supposed to like it, but you love the person. And I love the person. I’ve grown to love him so much.”
“But long story short, you hate, you feel for everybody involved, but I will always be someone, no matter who does what, I’m going to love you. And if that’s wrong, then I’m okay being wrong. I’m going to try and build people up no matter what. That doesn’t make what they did right, but I’m always going to be there to try and be there on the next step, on the other side, to try and lift them back up and love them up again.”
The Raiders are 3-2 and one game out of the lead in the AFC West. Rich Bisaccia is serving as interim head coach and offensive coordinator Greg Olson will do the playcalling on offense. Carr said it was nice to hear the familiar voice, but it was still jarring that it wasn’t Gruden. They travel to play the Denver Broncos on Sunday.