Derek Carr Gets Fed Up with Stephen A. Smith and Kellerman, Challenges Them to a Fight


Most athletes tune out sports opinion shows on radio and TV to avoid the aggravation that comes with hearing hot takes, particularly when they are off-base or wildly inaccurate.

But that’s not Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr — particularly when it comes to ESPN “First Take” co-hosts Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman.

Carr got fed up with comments made by Kellerman on Wednesday regarding his future with the Raiders. And he challenged him to a fight — well, sort of.

Kellerman was talking about why he thinks the Raiders should move on from Carr and draft Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.

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“You can see when a quarterback don’t want it,” Kellerman said. “Carr didn’t want it. I think (Raiders coach Jon) Gruden knows they’ve got to move on (from Carr), and the question is: Can they get anything for him?

“Is he a placeholder until they find the next guy? How long will it take to develop the next guy? And Kyler Murray — if you could grab him the draft? Hell, yeah.”

This did not sit well with Carr, who responded to a tweet blasting Kellerman.

“Damn @FirstTake why you hating on @derekcarrqb? Check the stats, and I don’t want to hear he’s shell shocked when you didn’t even watch them in the second half of the season. SMH … Stay off the weeeeeeedddd man,” a Carr fan tweeted, referencing “First Take” co-host Stephen A. Smith’s catchphrase.

Carr responded to that by ripping Kellerman and Smith for not knowing what they’re talking about.

“It’s because I blocked them both for talking trash about our team,” the quarterback tweeted, using a laughing emoji. “Those 2 clowns don’t know anything about this game. Would love to actually sit and break down film with these two on TV just to show their viewers how incompetent (lacking qualification) they are about our game.”

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Then he tweeted at UFC President Dana White asking him about challenging the “First Take” hosts to a fight.

“@DanaWhite, hey how do I challenge a couple of these clowns on tv to a fight? I think we should start a business together. Where pro athletes can challenge some of these people to an octagon fight until they give us an answer…. You don’t know me… stop lying.”

Carr was obviously joking, but he definitely made his point.

“Yes..say what you want but don’t question somebodies character as a man if you don’t know them,” he tweeted. “Our job as NFL athletes is to try and leave the game better for the next generations. So let’s start an octagon business to give some accountability to these kinds of people.”

Carr had a pretty good season under Gruden, completing 69 percent of his passes for 4,049 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The Raiders finished 4-12 but went 3-4 over their last seven games.

Smith tweeted back at Carr to come on his show.

“I heard you had a few things to say,” he said. “Consider this a personal invitation. … I’m here, Bro! Nobody hiding.”

Smith shouldn’t hold his breath waiting, but stranger things have happened.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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