Derek Carr doesn't need the support of disloyal fans.
The Raiders quarterback believes fans that don't stay faithfulto the franchise following the recent vote to move the team to Las Vegas were never really fans to begin with.
"We're not going to split up like you've seen other cities do," Carr said Monday, via ESPN. "We're not going to do things like that. For the ones that do, I don't really believe that they're true Raider fans. I feel their hurt. I'm with you. I hurt, too. But at the same time, we're all in this together and we're just going to do it together.
"Out of like 1,000 people, you're going to get one or two that have something to say and that's with everything. Hopefully y'all don't focus on that kind of stuff because there's the 99 percent that are loyal, faithful fans that are going to ride with us wherever we're at."
Last month,31 of the league's 32 owners approved the Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas, which is expected to occur in 2019 or 2020. Although there have been calls for boycotts and the teamhas to clear up nearly $1 million in parking revenue owed to the Coliseum Authority before the transition, Carr is looking forward to the future and hopes fans are as well.
"Yeah, they should be really excited," Carr said. "We have a good football team that works really hard, of great character. When we go there, it's not so much us incorporating into Vegas, it's the Las Vegas people incorporating into the Raiders. We're not going to change who we are. We're coming into this city, we're bringing our brand, we're bringing the Silver and Black and hopefully they just come and be a part of it. That's what we want. We want them to be a part of it now.
"But again, our focus is here in Oakland right now."
Carr later clarified his comments on Twitter early Tuesday and professed his love for Raiders fans nearand far.
Just in case I was misunderstood...I love ALL Raider fans, wherever they are from.... We are in this together, always! #RaiderNation— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) April 18, 2017
Withthelikelyaddition of Marshawn Lynch and the team's players back to full health, the Raiders have plenty of reasons to be confident heading into 2017.