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Craig Carton: I’ve Paid My Debt, Deserve 2nd Chance

“I’ve essentially been unemployed for three years. I’m bankrupt. And I went to prison for over a year.”

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Craig Carton will officially become Evan Roberts’s new co-host in afternoon drive on WFAN next month. On Thursday, he sat down with Andrew Marchand of the New York Post for an interview.

Marchand asked if Carton “deserved” the prime sports radio real estate he has been given. Carton answered by asking if there is any good reason he hasn’t earned a second chance.

“I’ve made terrible mistakes. I’ve paid dearly for those mistakes,” Carton said. “I’ve essentially been unemployed for three years. I’m bankrupt. And I went to prison for over a year.”

Carton was released from prison earlier this year. He was one year into a three year sentence for fraud. He misappropriated investor money in a ticket reselling scheme to pay off his own debts.

Carton added that if it is his criminal past that some believe makes him unworthy of a second chance, he wants those people to know that he has paid his debt to society.

“I believe that I have and I will continue to do so because my mistakes will follow me for the rest of my life.”

He has also been forced to deal with his gambling addiction. He owes his victims $4.8 million in restitution.

“It was really one of the most significant, positive life-changing moments for me, when I was able to look at a group, face-to-face, eye-to-eye and say the words, ‘Hello, my name is Craig, I’m a compulsive gambler,’” Carton said of facing his addiction. “I”m very proud to say I have not made a wager of any kind in two years now. I’m hoping that continues.”

Marchand asked an interesting question. Would that gambling addiction make it hard to work on WFAN in 2020? Marchand describes the station as being “inundated in betting ads”.

Chris Olivero, Entercom’s New York Market Manager said that the station would show respect to Carton and his addiction. Carton added that he is not going to promote gambling, but instead try to serve as an example. He says that he will advocate for responsible gambling and also remind people that “there is a dark side of it.”

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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