Bakersfield native Derek Carr to honor Kobe Bryant this upcoming season

Posted at 8:02 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 11:05:05-04

Training camps are officially underway and that means Bakersfield's own Derek Carr and the raiders are getting set in Las Vegas.

Derek met with the media for the first time during training camp Tuesday via zoom and was asked if he considered opting out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns.

"Did I think about opting out? When this thing came, I did not,” Carr said. "I have a lot to prove to myself. I have a lot to prove to my organization. I'm going to be completely honest with you, I'm tired of being disrespected. So, there was no question I was going to play this year.”

Carr met with the media for about 30 minutes and talked about a number of things, including an arm sleeve he'll be wearing this year.

He said that's to honor the legacy of NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant.

"It's just a way to honor him. So, I'll wear it all year. For the only reason, to honor him, and just what he meant to me as a kid growing up. That's the extent of it. I don't care about looking good. Unless for how my wife wants me to look at dinner. I don't care. It's to honor Kobe and what he meant to me.”

The Raiders are currently going through training camp in Henderson just outside of Vegas.

The season officially starts for the silver and black on September 13 when they play at the Colina Panthers.