“My name is Craig and I’m a compulsive gambler. Last bet, June 22, 2018.”
The Reckoning, a video filmed six weeks ago according to The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick, features Craig Carton and his gambling addiction confession.
The video, slated to be released after his sentencing, was leaked to and recounted by Mushnick Thursday night. In the days leading up to his court appearance, Carton’s confessional and brutally honest letter to U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon were both leaked in what could be viewed as a PR tactic.
On September 6th 2017, Carton was arrested on charges of conspiracy, wire and securities fraud. The former WFAN radio host will be sentenced today after being found guilty on November 7th. He faces up to 45 years in prison, although prosecutors recommend between 70 and 87 months, while Carton’s lawyers suggested no more than 27 months.
While earning a reported $2 million annually for his WFAN morning show gig, Carton was starved for more, playing black jack at $25,000 a hand and five hands at a time. It wasn’t about the money according to Carton, his addiction to gambling fed a need to find mentally safe moments, closing off the world.
“Amazingly, I never thought I had a problem, and would vehemently argue with those who thought I did, including my wife who begged me to stop,” Carton wrote in his letter to Judge McMahon.
“Despite my wife’s protest and chiding it wasn’t until my 7-year-old son came home from first grade one day shortly after I was arrested. The teacher had the kids try to draw and write about their favorite places to visit. My beautiful son, Anthony, wrote down that his favorite places to visit were Borgata, Atlantis and The Hard Rock Casino in Florida. That was the first time I said to myself, ‘Hey moron, you have a problem.’ I checked into Gamblers Rehab 48 hours later.”
The former Boomer and Carton radio host says there were many times he was successful playing black jack, winning a great deal more than he lost in 2016, unfortunately he has little to show for it three years later.
“At the time of this taping I’m awaiting sentencing … I threw it all away. It has cost me everything. My relationship with my wife, who I’m legally separated from now. I’m bankrupt. I’m about to be homeless,” Carton states in his confessional according to Mushnick.
This week, Carton has admitted guilt and addiction, offering to be the face of those suffering from compulsive gambling. But in the eye of the prosecutors, the issue is not about Carton’s addiction, it’s about his criminal activity. While addiction may have fueled Carton’s decision to gamble with investor money he took from a separate business, the federal government refuses to accept any excuse for fraudulent activity.
For Carton, every day leading up to the sentencing continued his fall from grace. The once superstar radio host has been dragged through the mud and beaten by his detractors, but today, once his fate is learned, Carton can finally start the long and difficult climb upward to rebuild his life.
Paul Allen: ‘Miraculous’ That Patrick Beverley Silenced Stephen A. Smith
“We need provocative stuff; we need guys to get outside of the box and give us interesting stuff, so I’m here for what Pat [Beverley] had to say.”
Those people who closely follow the NBA know that there is bad blood between point guards Patrick Beverley and Chris Paul. Beverley took the feud to ESPN earlier this week, discussing Paul and the Phoenix Suns’ playoff exit on Sunday. Part of his criticism was related to Paul’s lackluster play and inadequacies on the defensive end of the ball, calling him a “cone” since they always remain idle.
“Go get someone who’s not an elite defender and have him up here talking,” said Beverley on Monday’s edition of Get Up. “Y’all got Patrick Beverley up here; I’m going to give you Patrick Beverley truth. I can’t give you the next man’s truth.”
Tuesday morning, Paul Allen welcomed SiriusXM NBA Radio and Mad Dog Radio host Rick Kamla to his show on KFAN in Minneapolis. They discussed how Beverley stood out across ESPN programming.
“When you go on an ESPN panel show, do you go hard…or soft?,” asked Kamla. “They’re not going to ask you back if you go soft and Pat [Beverley] is trying to lay the foundation for a post-playing career with ESPN. He’s got a big mouth; he’s got a lot to say; he’s very provocative… so I think he’s going to do very well in that space.”
Throughout the week on First Take, Beverley has been debating Stephen A. Smith, and at times, has been able to silence him during their discourse. That is no small feat, according to Allen.
“Patrick Beverley found a way to silence or quell the audible nature of Stephen A. Smith, which is miraculous,” Allen said.
Paul has been selected to nine NBA all-defensive teams throughout his 17-year NBA career, and has been named an all-star 12 times. While Kamla affirmed that his defensive impact is not what it once was, he believes that calling Paul a “cone” was perhaps hyperbolic on Beverley’s part, he still said it was valuable to ESPN and the audience.
“We need provocative stuff; we need guys to get outside of the box and give us interesting stuff, so I’m here for what Pat [Beverley] had to say,” explained Kamla.
107.5 The Fan To Present Stage Show in June
“Tickets for the event went on sale Wednesday morning.”
All four local weekday hosts from 107.5 The Game in Indianapolis will take part in a live stage show next month. The event, titled A Night in the Fan Cave, will take place at the Indiana Historical Society.
Kevin Bowen Jake Query, Dan Dakich, and JMV will be on stage to talk sports, tell a few jokes and take listener questions.
Tickets for the event went on sale Wednesday morning. For $65, fans get access to the show and free food and beverages. There will also be a pre-show reception and a chance afterward for attendees to take pictures with the 107.5 The Fan crew.
A Night in the Fan Cave is presented by Forum Credit Union. The preshow reception is presented by Larceny and Evan Williams Bourbon.
Jim Nantz: ‘Players Are Realizing Being In A Top NFL Booth Is A Big Deal’
Much has been made in the media about Tom Brady joining the NFL on FOX booth after his playing days are over. The majority opinion has been that Brady won’t succeed.
But if you ask Jim Nantz, Brady is going to be a home run.
“He’ll be very well prepared. That goes without saying,” Nantz told Rich Eisen on Tuesday. “I think he’ll be very good. I don’t have any question about it.”
Nantz speaks from having spent the last five seasons alongside former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at CBS. Romo has been widely praised for his analytical skills and abilit
“I’m thrilled that he’s going to have a voice in the sport,” Nantz continued. “I think what’s happened here recently is that everybody has realized that that platform, being an elite analyst on one of the very few, handful of packages in the NFL, it’s a big deal. And you’re extremely relevant and people are listening to everything you say. And Tom will be up to the challenge.
“I never had a doubt that he would be a genius at this. I had a friendship with Tony that went back many years before the arranged marriage by CBS that put us in the booth together.
“I don’t pull against anybody. I’m not trying to outsmart, outdo this. We’re just trying to be the best that we can be, and I just like our situation of having the chance to work 21 weeks a year together having fun conversing, looking at one another face-to-face.”