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Carton’s Video Confession Leaked to NY Post

“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.”

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“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. 

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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