The wife of NFL cornerback Brent Grimes went on Revolt TV recently and shared a story that the Oakland Raiders offensive line deliberately allowed quarterback Derek Carr get hit leading him to be injured, reports Breitbart.
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The third week of the NFL season came right after President Trump called NFL protestors out at a rally in Alabama. Over 300 NFL players, coaches and owners protested in some form during that week.
According to Grimes, the Raiders offensive line is the only all-black offensive line in the NFL and took exception to Carr (who is white) saying that they shouldn’t kneel in protest and apparently a fight broke out in the locker room before that Monday night game.
Grimes says and because of that argument, the offensive line decided to abandon Carr to the Redskins pass rush:
“First, for the record, Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn denies that the line allowed Carr to get hit. Penn tweeted, ‘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.'”
Breitbart decided to look into the numbers though just too see if Grimes conspiracy theory was plausible:
“In 2016, the Raiders allowed the fewest sacks of any team in the NFL, going ten games allowing one sack, or fewer. Going into their Week 3 match-up against the Redskins, the Raiders had only allowed two sacks in their first two games, both of them coming in Week 1 with a banged-up offensive line.
Against the Redskins, the Raiders gave up four sacks and six quarterback hits. Double the amount of sacks they had allowed in the first two games.”
This theory of allowing Carr to be deliberately hit though isn’t holding up when you really look at the numbers:
“To put that into perspective, the Redskins, a team with an improving but by no means great defensive front, notched four sacks in their first two games. Meaning, they equaled their sack total from the first two weeks in one game against the Raiders. On the other hand, the Redskins notched four sacks and nine quarterback hits the next week when they took on the Chiefs.”
According to Breitbart, these numbers do not prove Grime’s story to be true and the only thing it does show is that the Raiders offensive line had an uncharacteristically awful performance during the exact same time Grimes alleges this fight in the locker room happening.