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Report: Ray Lewis and Cris Carter out at ESPN

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As it turns out, the absence of Ray Lewis from ESPN’s draft coverage was not an accident.

And he’s not the only one out.

According to The Big Lead, Lewis and Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter are out at ESPN, with Randy Moss coming over from FOX Sports to help fill the void. ESPN has a press conference scheduled this afternoon to talk about their future lineups.

Carter and Moss never lacked for bold and loudly stated opinions, some of which were verifiable.

Carter drew lot of unwanted attention for telling rookies they should have a “fall guy,” in case they got arrested, and now it appears he’s available to be one.

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149 Responses to “Report: Ray Lewis and Cris Carter out at ESPN”
  1. mzew233 says: May 9, 2016 2:44 PM

    He wasn’t wrong about the Fall Guy.

  2. teamgale88 says: May 9, 2016 2:45 PM

    These were my two least favorite nfl personalities….I might actually watch ESPN again.

  3. scrappler says: May 9, 2016 2:46 PM

    on the plus side, he’ll have lots more time for bappin’ with the kids

  4. teamgale88 says: May 9, 2016 2:46 PM

    *My least favorite after 2014. No one will be as bad as sapp

  5. THX 138 says: May 9, 2016 2:48 PM

    So soon?

  6. Bob says: May 9, 2016 2:48 PM

    Carter needed a fall guy for that affair with the makeup artist.

  7. lexd75 says: May 9, 2016 2:48 PM

    That’s the pic they went with. Lol!

  8. pftstory says: May 9, 2016 2:48 PM

    It’s funny that with these two guys Chris Carter’s transgression is the one though to deserves mention.

  9. wedemboyz88 says: May 9, 2016 2:48 PM

    Two smart moves by ESPN, must be a full moon

  10. greenmtnboy31 says: May 9, 2016 2:49 PM

    Ray Lewis, Cris Carter and Warren Sapp – birds of a feather flock together. Three stooges.

  11. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: May 9, 2016 2:50 PM

    I expect a lot of ‘fall guy’ posts on this one. A lesson I should have learned myself.

  12. number1hawkfan says: May 9, 2016 2:51 PM

    Glad to hear. Unfortunately it means more Jerome Bettis, jaworski and Mel hodge. ESPN is terrible. I watch because I love sports but there is a lot to dislike. Most of all its Disney story telling. Sports is the best reality show. Everything doesn’t need the story arch of Bambi’s mom dying and redemption. The game is the story, it’s not predetermined. It’s not scripted.

  13. whiteybulgersson says: May 9, 2016 2:52 PM

    Wow. Is ESPN trying to go legit for once? Bayless, carter, Lewis all leaving maybe even a few more I’m forgetting

  14. mzew233 says: May 9, 2016 2:52 PM

    Randy Moss Covering Deflate gate in Toms corner will be legendary.

    December 12th. Count on it.

  15. jmac1013 says: May 9, 2016 2:53 PM

    I actually like CC. I like people who speak freely; even I don’t agree with what is being said.

  16. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: May 9, 2016 2:53 PM

    They have to release about 8 more guys before anyone deems them even remotely respectable.

  17. tritz32 says: May 9, 2016 2:53 PM

    Good riddance. Please God let Chris Berman be next. How has a guy lasted 30+ years with the same two phrases (back, back, back and rumbling and tumbling) is beyond me. It also doesn’t help he gives wrong information on daily basis.

    #Toodles

  18. bmorepositive123 says: May 9, 2016 2:54 PM

    Is Merrill Hodge still employed at ESPN? I’d consider watching ESPN again when he’s gone

  19. madmax80 says: May 9, 2016 2:54 PM

    Talk about getting stabbed in the back . . . .

  20. easyisle says: May 9, 2016 2:55 PM

    A rare victory for grammar and coherent thought, raising their record vs. ESPN to 1-16,487.

  21. fshman00 says: May 9, 2016 2:56 PM

    greenmtnboy31 says:
    May 9, 2016 2:49 PM

    Ray Lewis, Cris Carter and Warren Sapp – birds of a feather flock together. Three stooges.

    ___________________________________

    Don’t insult my STOOGES!!!!!!!

  22. Getoffmylawn! says: May 9, 2016 2:56 PM

    It’s a good start but, there are a few more that ESPN needs to let go.

  23. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: May 9, 2016 2:56 PM

    Thank you sweet baby Jesus

  24. ipskipskyblue says: May 9, 2016 2:57 PM

    Ray needs to teach Jr. how to beat the charges against him like Ol Pops did.

  25. yosoyfiesta87 says: May 9, 2016 2:58 PM

    I know it is a different guy but seeing him edged out again by Randy Moss is pretty funny. This guy was terrible, he needed to go.

  26. magnusthe1st says: May 9, 2016 2:59 PM

    I was about to applaud ESPN for dumping that non-talent. And then I read they were bringing in Randy Moss.

  27. cueghost says: May 9, 2016 2:59 PM

    I quit watching and listening to ESPN about a year ago because I couldn’t handle Carter (and a few others) any longer… There’s a difference between being polarizing and just being a plain moron.

  28. pastabelly says: May 9, 2016 2:59 PM

    Both of them were horrible, but ESPN is probably also looking to cut their payroll. Since Ditka is also officially off their Countdown show, it’s possible that one less person is now needed to wake him up. 🙂

  29. whenwilliteverend says: May 9, 2016 3:00 PM

    I didn’t mind Cris Carter so much. He probably sealed his fate with the “fall guy” comments he made. I thought he created an interesting dynamic with Tom Jackson and he did say some really funny things. He even insulted Keyshawn one time and everyone was laughing except Keyshawn because he didn’t get the joke.

    Lewis should have never been hired by them. Someone who was responsible for obstruction of justice which resulted in murderers being acquitted has no right to be in the role he had.

    So I wonder what Sapp and Lewis will do now since they are basically unemployable. I’m sure the Ravens will give him a job since he’s still worshipped there. That’s the only place.

  30. realfootballfan says: May 9, 2016 3:00 PM

    Why do people report on this stuff. They will continue shuffling these players through as a new crop of retired guys become available for a fresh perspective. I mean none of them say anything particularly compelling but what they think on any given subject and some dummies want to see them because they were popular players. They need to do this with the other commentators who work next to them to really shake things up because they’re just as interchangeable. Not to mention that Ray Lewis was God awful on TV.

  31. getakluwe says: May 9, 2016 3:00 PM

    Ray Lewis is a disgrace to the NFL, ESPN and the justice system…not to mention whatever church he purports to belong to or believe in.

  32. NYCTourGuy (Bucs fan) says: May 9, 2016 3:02 PM

    Bring back NFL Primetime from the 1990s.

  33. publikwerks says: May 9, 2016 3:02 PM

    So Lewis got cut from ESPN. Di they then proceed to flee the scene, throwing away their clothes in a dumpster blocks away?

  34. irkjames says: May 9, 2016 3:02 PM

    The biggest mistake ESPN made was allowing Ray Lewis and Cris Carter to criticize the decisions young players are making today as if Ray Lewis didn’t have to settle a murder case out of court and as if Cris Carter didn’t get cut by Buddy Ryan and the Philadelphia Eagles for dealing with an alcohol and cocaine addiction.

    All things considered, Johnny Manziel’s misdemeanor assault indictment and Josh Gordon’s pot smoking are a blip on the map next to felony murder and felony possession of a controlled substance, yet, CARTER and LEWIS are the guys speaking on ESPN’s behalf about them…

    Good riddance.

  35. trailerparkking says: May 9, 2016 3:03 PM

    Lewis was bad on TV, he just wasn’t any good at it. I can’t believe ESPN thinks Randy Moss is an upgrade over Carter and Lewis. Moss clearly has a few marbles rolling around upstairs, this is going to be a colossal failure.

  36. amaf21 says: May 9, 2016 3:03 PM

    good riddance.

  37. gysot says: May 9, 2016 3:05 PM

    greenmtnboy31 says:
    May 9, 2016 2:49 PM
    Ray Lewis, Cris Carter and Warren Sapp – birds of a feather flock together. Three stooges.
    ““““““““““`
    Heath Evans makes W. Sapp seem insightful.

  38. a1b24312 says: May 9, 2016 3:06 PM

    It’s a good start.

    Berman is best on NFL Primetime,, which they should bring back to complete with the NBC broadcast (which is pretty weak IMHO).

    Younger faces, and not just men, for “prime time” roles, ought to be considered.

  39. eddiea25 says: May 9, 2016 3:07 PM

    See ya Ray, peddle your salvation on the streets .

  40. Why Are Vikings Fans the Dumbest In The NFL???? says: May 9, 2016 3:07 PM

    good

  41. Silver and Black attack says: May 9, 2016 3:07 PM

    I don’t watch ESPN anymore since the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner award embarrassment, but I wish the NFL network would scrap Dion and Irvin. Makes me want to change the channel when those two guys start talking.

  42. phillycheez says: May 9, 2016 3:09 PM

    I can only applaud the Randy Moss move if he comes with the full-on fro

  43. daytontriangles says: May 9, 2016 3:09 PM

    This works out perfectly. Lewis will be taking a stab at a new career and may be in need of a fall guy.

  44. beerbudsnbevo says: May 9, 2016 3:10 PM

    Throw in Steven A Smith and Jameel Hill and then they might start attracting viewers back….

  45. iammrbinky says: May 9, 2016 3:11 PM

    3 down 14 more to go.

  46. ctiggs says: May 9, 2016 3:11 PM

    ESPN has no clue what they are doing or where they are going.

  47. hawkforlife says: May 9, 2016 3:12 PM

    Please, please dump Chris Berman too. I’d sign up for ESPN insider and pay the freight if just to thank ESPN for that one good deed.

  48. 3ringbronco says: May 9, 2016 3:12 PM

    Carter and Lewis were great players. Sometimes they had great commentary. I believe they are good guys with good intentions. It was just too many times they said things they should not have said. I wish them both the best.

  49. ballsaqsaxaphone says: May 9, 2016 3:14 PM

    ESPN must be making room on the NFL analyst squad for their mega offer to Pey-Pey.

    Also pretty interesting timing on these moves given Schilling’s recent ousting.

  50. rollotomasi14 says: May 9, 2016 3:16 PM

    Funny considering how after the Schilling firing that these two names were brought up as an example as ESPN’s hypocrisy.

  51. darkneptune73 says: May 9, 2016 3:19 PM

    The hatred for Cris Carter is unnecessary.

  52. rudy7088 says: May 9, 2016 3:20 PM

    This would make one heck of a “C’mon Man!” segment.

    Would be great to get some knowledgeable with just a tad less bias than what ESPN currently offers up. There Sunday shows are not watchable and but for being the only game in town for Monday’s, I wouldn’t watch that either.

    Keep cleaning out that closet…wouldn’t mind wishing Ed Werder the best as he pursues new opportunities!

  53. duanethomas33 says: May 9, 2016 3:21 PM

    Chris is somewhere crying crocodile tears, and Ray is turning this into a MLK style sermon.

    Sapp, Lewis, Carter, Hugh Douglas, Schilling… a good start.

  54. richiethegreek says: May 9, 2016 3:21 PM

    Oh thank you god.

  55. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says: May 9, 2016 3:25 PM

    That’s a start, but still a long, long ways to go before I even considered watching the four-lettered Network again.

  56. eetadick says: May 9, 2016 3:26 PM

    I’ll gladly keep those 2 clowns if they booted Mike &Mike. Those 2 whiny hacks need to go

  57. imodan says: May 9, 2016 3:30 PM

    tritz32 says:
    May 9, 2016 2:53 PM

    Good riddance. Please God let Chris Berman be next. How has a guy lasted 30+ years with the same two phrases (back, back, back and rumbling and tumbling) is beyond me. It also doesn’t help he gives wrong information on daily basis.

    #Toodles
    ——————————————-
    So true! He isn’t even original. Both those phrases were stolen and a lot of his shtick he lifted from the great Howard Cosell.

  58. lestinag says: May 9, 2016 3:30 PM

    They are replacing CC with Randy Moss? Yeah… because Randy has always been such a restrained and upstanding citizen. lol.

    This will not end well.

  59. intellectualpenury says: May 9, 2016 3:30 PM

    I yearn for the days of Irv Cross and Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder

  60. logast says: May 9, 2016 3:31 PM

    Good. See ya.

  61. lestinag says: May 9, 2016 3:32 PM

    So many haters!

  62. steelerfaninok says: May 9, 2016 3:32 PM

    Dang, they’ll be missed! Signed, No one on the planet.

  63. steve11blog says: May 9, 2016 3:33 PM

    C’Mon Man………….

  64. vikingsdefineaverage says: May 9, 2016 3:34 PM

    They treat their employees just as well as the NFL does

  65. spin5150bc says: May 9, 2016 3:41 PM

    eetadick says:

    May 9, 2016 3:26 PM

    I’ll gladly keep those 2 clowns if they booted Mike &Mike. Those 2 whiny hacks need to go
    _______________________________________

    ESPN has turned Mike and Mike into the View. Bunch of women sitting on a couch talking….

  66. magicmtndan says: May 9, 2016 3:42 PM

    Ray Lewis killed the broadcasts he was on. Seems he has some experience in that area.

  67. barrywhererufrom says: May 9, 2016 3:42 PM

    surprised it took this long for Carter. Never thought Lewis would make the transition to tv. Part of the reason why I stopped watching was because of the on air talent. The only guy I liked was Iron Mike..

  68. ohand16 says: May 9, 2016 3:43 PM

    Do they mean that Randy Moss? Or the other one?

  69. rcali says: May 9, 2016 3:47 PM

    I didn’t have a problem with CC, remember when Ditka farted on him?

  70. snowlock2013 says: May 9, 2016 3:49 PM

    Sorry, but gonna miss CC. He told it like it is. Hope he goes to Fox. Moss will be interesting.

  71. qbarrel says: May 9, 2016 3:50 PM

    If anyone at ESPN had any sense of humor, the wardrobe department would have dressed Ray in a white suit each week.

  72. hendawg21 says: May 9, 2016 3:51 PM

    Personally, I could care less for any of the Sunday pre game and post game hype shows, nothing but a bunch of blowhards anyway. Just give me the games all that other BS is not necessary…

  73. rajbais says: May 9, 2016 3:53 PM

    So Carter will have to beg for another job like how he did with the Hall of Fame???

    At least that’s what T.O. says.

    Besides, I knew the Ray Lewis thing wouldn’t work. Joe Flacco already couldn’t understand him in a huddle. What jibberish do on TV???

    Back to T.O. If Moss is going to ESPN, think about what it could do if Owens took Carter’s job right after claiming what Carter did to get into Canton.

  74. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: May 9, 2016 3:54 PM

    There is a reason its called the 4 letter. Because the most accurate description of the content is 4 letters long.

  75. nflrule says: May 9, 2016 3:55 PM

    Lewis was a joke.Carter was better than Keyshawn and Tom Jackson.Chris Berman act is becoming old.

  76. guadalahonky says: May 9, 2016 3:57 PM

    But Herm Edwards is safe!?! Oh, c’mon…..

  77. plum54 says: May 9, 2016 3:59 PM

    Hopefully Stephen A. Smith is next!

  78. struckgold49er says: May 9, 2016 4:07 PM

    Randy Moss must now be in need of “Str8 cash ” homie!!

  79. tortorellasucks says: May 9, 2016 4:07 PM

    Bye Bye Loud Mouths!

  80. Patskrieg says: May 9, 2016 4:11 PM

    LOL. Eat it Carter.

    Ray Lewis’ terrible broadcasting skills go without saying. But Carter, oh my god. Easily as ethically devoid as he was obnoxious. The guy held no accountability for anything he ever said, and was the first in line to crank the Goodell propaganda machine.

    Remember, America:
    – Brady is an average quarterback squeaking by.
    – Seattle will never win a Super Bowl without a marquee wideout
    – And always… always have a fall guy.

  81. skunkb3ar says: May 9, 2016 4:14 PM

    Now if they can just get rid of Polian and Hannah Storm, ESPN will be watchable again.

  82. gurnblanstonreturns says: May 9, 2016 4:14 PM

    It is quite appropriate that cris carter is being replaced by Randy Moss. cris carter would have been an also-ran, pretty good receiver without Randy Moss – actually, that’s what he is anyway. Now, the Hall of Fame could right things by announcing that Randy Moss is replacing cris carter in the Hall immediately. If not, the Hall should at least replace cris carter’s bust with a full-size Randy Moss cradling a tiny cris carter in his arms.

  83. foodiefoodnerd says: May 9, 2016 4:16 PM

    NYCTourGuy (Bucs fan) said:

    “Bring back NFL Primetime from the 1990s.”
    ~~~~

    Yes! And while you’re back there, please grab the NFL of the 1990s! Or if you have time, go even further back for the game of the 1960s and ’70s?

  84. izzysydbas says: May 9, 2016 4:18 PM

    wedemboyz88 says:
    May 9, 2016 2:48 PM

    Two smart moves by ESPN, must be a full moon

    *************

    I’m not sure about the full moon but Mercury is waltzing across the Sun today.

  85. itsfootballbaby says: May 9, 2016 4:22 PM

    Opinions don’t have to be verifiable. That’s why they’re opinions.

  86. realfootballfan says: May 9, 2016 4:24 PM

    Also, I love people in these comments acting like other people will be better. It’s a mindless job. I mean really, you have “reporters” for football games. This stuff should be covered like the WWE because that’s what it is, entertainment. Stop taking it so seriously. It needs to turnover every few years just to reduce the inanity of it all and to point out that we watch for the games, not the commentators, whether they be former players or the so called “serious” sports journalists (excuse me while I stop laughing at that last part). I’m all for a robotic computer voice announcing the games and just putting the highlights up without commentary afterward lol.

  87. jerruhjones says: May 9, 2016 4:28 PM

    Take Berman with you!

  88. beedubyatoo says: May 9, 2016 4:29 PM

    Last one out at ESPN turn out the lights.

  89. bencoates57 says: May 9, 2016 4:31 PM

    Carter looks like he’s wrestling with some serious gas in that pic.

  90. foodiefoodnerd says: May 9, 2016 4:31 PM

    plum54 is correct; Stephen A (hole) Smith should be next.

    Berman should have been gone 10 years ago, and Mel Diaper Jr. never should’ve been let out of his gym locker where his high school’s football team stuffed him before each game for luck.

    A headshot of Berman could be the universal symbol for the mute button.

  91. jag1959 says: May 9, 2016 4:34 PM

    The only bspn I watch now is the game and I seldom if ever watch the halftime show, never the pregame and only occasionally a few minutes of the post game. That said, this is addition by subtraction. With Lewis and Carter gone the collective IQ of that group just jumped at least 50 points.

  92. squackduckhawk says: May 9, 2016 4:37 PM

    My wife thinks listening to Randy Moss is like a lovechild between Gomer Pyle and John Madden. I think he will be an upgrade over CC and the Ripper.

  93. Underdawgs says: May 9, 2016 4:41 PM

    We could go on and on with who should go next… but like others said, after watching the draft coverage ESPN should be ashamed of themselves that they still roll Mel Kiper and his side kick out there. And Herm Edwards is downright awful!

  94. granadafan says: May 9, 2016 4:46 PM

    bmorepositive123 says:
    May 9, 2016 2:54 PM

    Is Merrill Hodge still employed at ESPN? I’d consider watching ESPN again when he’s gone
    ==========================================

    LOL, Hoge is one of the more on point analysts. The ones who don’t like him are fanboys of the college team’s player he criticizes. Remember, he was dead on correct about Johnny Manziel. The A&M cult members went crazy against Hoge after he said that.

    On a side note, is there an analyst or commentator who PFT DOES like?

  95. whatjusthapped says: May 9, 2016 4:56 PM

    I would hate to the HR person at ESPN that delivers the news to Ray Lewis. Talk about combat pay, maybe ESPN has metal detectors so Ray would leave his knife at home.

  96. ravensrooster94 says: May 9, 2016 5:01 PM

    I’ve been a Ravens fan since Day One and, while I fully appreciate his heroics on the field, even I’ve had trouble understanding what Ray Lewis said in his pregame huddles and on MNF.

    Come to think of it, so did Joe Flacco……

  97. jdm047 says: May 9, 2016 5:08 PM

    At this point just let that hot girl Brit McHenry take over everything.

  98. jgedgar70 says: May 9, 2016 5:09 PM

    Silver and Black attack says:
    May 9, 2016 3:07 PM
    I don’t watch ESPN anymore since the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner award embarrassment, but I wish the NFL network would scrap Dion and Irvin. Makes me want to change the channel when those two guys start talking.
    _____
    That’s the problem. They never talk. They only scream at the top of their lungs.

    CC has always been obnoxious, but he was at least entertaining. About the only thing about ESPN’s NFL coverage I watch anymore are the actual game (when the Panthers are playing) and the C’mon Man segment. If they’re going to run Randy Moss out there for that, I’ll stop watching that too.

    I bet CC and Ray Lewis end up on NFL Network. Remember, the only prerequisite for employment with NFLN is that you have played in an NFL game. Having a functioning brain is optional.

  99. uglydingo says: May 9, 2016 5:14 PM

    tritz32 says:
    May 9, 2016 2:53 PM
    Good riddance. Please God let Chris Berman be next. How has a guy lasted 30+ years with the same two phrases (back, back, back and rumbling and tumbling) is beyond me. It also doesn’t help he gives wrong information on daily basis.

    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    Chris Boomer Berman is on ESPN’s Mt Rushmore. A veritable living legend and beloved by everyone at the network. He is the best of the best and perhaps the greatest living sports announcer in the world. His many phrases help to make the game a better experience for the viewers. No network circles the wagons like ESPN around Berman. They will have to carry him out in a box – a very big box.

  100. quicktaker says: May 9, 2016 5:20 PM

    Great analysts don’t have to be hall of famers or ex-pro bowl guys. I find ESPN and the NFL Network’s jockocracy inane and not thought provoking.
    NBC hires smarter, more thoughtful, and more interesting analysts.

  101. eetadick says: May 9, 2016 5:24 PM

    LOL, Hoge is one of the more on point analysts. The ones who don’t like him are fanboys of the college team’s player he criticizes. Remember, he was dead on correct about Johnny Manziel. The A&M cult members went crazy against Hoge after he said that.

    ———————————————————————————–

    The problem with Hoge is that he still thinks it’s 1993. He doesn’t want to see ANY team pass the ball and pretty much thinks all quarterbacks have the same value, 0. That and those stupid friggin tie knots. Things are ridiculous.

  102. ninetysixer says: May 9, 2016 5:26 PM

    Ray spoke out against the black lives matter movement and now he is gone….gotta stick with the liberal agenda Ray

  103. mrcmos says: May 9, 2016 5:31 PM

    BRING BACK DITKA!!!!!

  104. nje22 says: May 9, 2016 5:42 PM

    Ray is getting his son out of the country
    You know, obstruction of justice stuff, Ray Ray territory

  105. fmc651 says: May 9, 2016 6:20 PM

    Berman,Smith, Bayless, Trey Wingo, John Anderson would be nice to see them go.

  106. goodguyattorney says: May 9, 2016 6:22 PM

    Sorry to see Ray Lewis go. He really murdered it when he was on air.

  107. laserw says: May 9, 2016 6:24 PM

    So nice to see that ESPN is finally taking out the garbage.

  108. williamshatnerstoupee says: May 9, 2016 6:33 PM

    Many thanks to the people who made this decision.

  109. melikefootball says: May 9, 2016 6:35 PM

    I’m going out and buying a big cake and put as many candles I can get on the cake, blow them out and smile from ear to ear!

  110. bobnelsonjr says: May 9, 2016 6:45 PM

    Nobody wants to hear from criminals and drug addicts on what is right and wrong with the NFL.

    Could it be that Disney’s children’s sports talk network would actually listen to consumers??!!

    Probably not. If they did listen to consumers they would go back to televising sports as they did before Disney bought the network.

  111. oscarxray says: May 9, 2016 7:24 PM

    Jaws,Steve Young…..can’t think of anyone else worth keeping.

  112. juliusanonymous says: May 9, 2016 7:35 PM

    Good riddance on Carter. He was unprofessional and didn’t belong in broadcasting.

    The week before Seattle destroyed Denver in SuperBowl 48, Chris Carter insulted a number of Seahawks players, the team, the city, and a couple of the local radio stations. He even came on-air in Seattle, with the DJs joking around with him, and proceeded to insult them.

    His behavior was unprofessional, childish, and cowardly. He wouldn’t even come on-air to eat his crow after telling 710 ESPN in Seattle that he would if they won the SuperBowl.

    He’s not a man, he’s a child. And a coward.

    Oh, and Carter… this ring’s for you!

  113. draculalambert says: May 9, 2016 8:07 PM

    they will work for the NFL network! We will see and hear these men again.

  114. breadmeatcheese says: May 9, 2016 8:58 PM

    chucky woodson!

  115. canadapackers says: May 9, 2016 9:31 PM

    I get the move away from lewis and carter – but Randy frigging Moss – Wood will be good – well spoken – but Randy frigging Moss???

  116. Central Cali Chiefs says: May 9, 2016 10:02 PM

    Wow, so much hate!!!
    I kind of liked C.Carter.
    Ray Lewis was alright, I guess.
    I usually didn’t watch the post game conversations, just the highlights.

    realfootballfan says:
    May 9, 2016 4:24 PM
    Also, I love people in these comments acting like other people will be better. It’s a mindless job. I mean really, you have “reporters” for football games. This stuff should be covered like the WWE because that’s what it is, entertainment. Stop taking it so seriously. It needs to turnover every few years just to reduce the inanity of it all and to point out that we watch for the games.

    Real FB fan is correct, they are all interchangeable.
    No one is bullet proof in T.V.

  117. Central Cali Chiefs says: May 9, 2016 10:11 PM

    Addedeum: please lose, Stephen A. Smith; Marcellus Wiley, Trey Wingo and either Tod Mc Shay or Mel Kiper.
    Over at NFL Network; please let Heath Evans go….Evans is a shameless Patriots homer with 0 objective of the other 31 teams.

  118. artandirene says: May 9, 2016 11:12 PM

    Its about time they got FIRED, this is the happiest day of my life =))))

  119. ohand16 says: May 10, 2016 6:09 AM

    ESPN lives matter!

  120. usap1 says: May 10, 2016 7:31 AM

    ESPN is becoming over-the-top PC. You know they are going to replace nearly everybody who gets whacked with a female “analyst” who has never worn a pair of shoulder pads in her entire life. When will it stop? My girlfriend loves football but she hates listening to women trying to analyze football. It’s fine to have some eye-candy on the sideline to ask the coaches the same mundane questions at halftime as they head off to the locker room, but to insert women into the booth and into the studio to break down games is just laughable and un-watchable. The ESPN desk-nerds who are making these decisions have never played football and are on a mission to shove gender-equity down our throats. C’mon Man! … Not in Football!!

  121. kpisan says: May 10, 2016 10:30 AM

    You once had a great crew, an actual intellectual crew that was composed for Sunday Countdown, stats and decent analysis. Mike Ditka off Countdown – do your execs require urinalysis?

    You now have a man’s version of “The View”. Hollering with ranting and raving is not what fans want to hear as Moss is and has always been an “I” player. It will be the monotone nagging elevating voices over each other; with the same demeanor as Michael Irvin on NFL network, as fans, we are screwed! No pregame worth watching on Sunday and the inevitable mute button Sunday night for Chris Collingsworth.

    Vegas will have odds on how many times
    Randy Moss makes reference to “I should be in the Hall of Fame” & “When I played”.

    Bright side is I can do yard work and pool time before Sunday games.

  122. daringhart13 says: May 10, 2016 12:57 PM

    ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft was so bad….I actually thought it was a parody.

    Worst draft coverage I’ve ever seen out of them…..they missed so many introductions/moments… and they fumbled through the whole thing…..

    ESPN is unwatchable.

  123. surfinbird1 says: May 10, 2016 2:01 PM

    However, ESPN will put a statue of Ray in the lobby.

  124. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: May 10, 2016 3:10 PM

    So, does this mean Ray Ray is an axed murderer?

  125. nelly837 says: May 11, 2016 11:20 AM

    The producer probably got tired of trying write scripts for Lewis that only contained 2 syllable words because as we all know Ray wasn’t known for his command of the English language. The real question is who is CC going to tell that he’s a Hall O Famer every 15 minutes? They still have Herm Edwards who pretends he is a Hall O Famer coach who in reality doesn’t know squat but that doesn’t stop him from telling cute stories and such, maybe he doesn’t notice everyone Roll their eyes every time he opens his mouth.

  126. drednot says: May 11, 2016 6:08 PM

    mc651 says:
    May 9, 2016 6:20 PM
    Berman,Smith, Bayless, Trey Wingo, John Anderson would be nice to see them go.
    _________________________________________

    Czarniack is completely useless too! She needs to go!

  127. diehardfootballfan says: May 11, 2016 6:39 PM

    Hallelujah. 2 more talking heads gone. Hey ESPN, I have a list of others you can dump too. I might even consider listening on Sunday’s again.

  128. platinumraider32 says: May 11, 2016 7:57 PM

    whiteybulgersson says:
    May 9, 2016 2:52 PM
    Wow. Is ESPN trying to go legit for once? Bayless, carter, Lewis all leaving maybe even a few more I’m forgetting
    __________________________________________

    Mike Turico is the only other I can think of you didn’t mention. He’s going to NBC.

  129. gizzmonic says: May 12, 2016 7:47 AM

    thank you Jesus… thank you lord.

  130. usap1 says: May 12, 2016 9:39 AM

    ESPN is losing a ton of money so they’ve been in cost-cutting mode since last fall. If you don’t agree to a massive pay cut, then you are history.
    CC was one of the few announcers that brought interesting stories to the viewers. As an ex-WR myself, it was refreshing to finally hear from somebody who was able to talk about the finer points of receiving that I didn’t already know. I like hearing the real-life stories from ex-players and ex-coaches … whereas I quickly get bored to tears hearing from female “analysts” who have never played a down of football.
    CC talked about topics that nobody else ever has. He mentioned the situation in the Vikings locker room, where the team unknowingly had drafted two rookies who were from opposing gangs in the inner-city LA area (one was a member of the Crips gang and the other was with the Bloods). These two dudes were sworn blood-enemies, who would be expected to attack the other on the street, but they were able to put those rivalries aside for the good of the team.

  131. thisonesforpat says: May 12, 2016 10:38 AM

    Phyllis George is not busy. Call her.

    Irv Cross is not busy. Call him.

    Yeah, these two, Carter and Rice are repressible reprobates, but cleaner guys isn’t necessarily better. Jim Nance is HORRIBLE. HORRIBLE. A golf guy that CBS has staked their entire NFL franchise on, he’s horrible. Simms is no better. I’ve watched the AFC Championship over and over and these two are horrible.

  132. topcide says: May 12, 2016 11:21 AM

    Word was they had to let Lewis go because he showed up for work one day and had lost his suit.

  133. mellimac says: May 12, 2016 10:50 PM

    Simms has to go….he might know it all, but he acts like he is teaching pre-schoolers, and his voice follows me around…ouch.
    I like Boomer…man of few words. They have too many who feel they need to say something or they will explode.
    CC did get on my nerves, but the Ripper was worse. Sort of like he was replaying his slasher history while he speaks.

  134. monropoobah says: May 13, 2016 6:57 PM

    pftstory says:
    May 9, 2016 2:48 PM

    It’s funny that with these two guys Chris Carter’s transgression is the one though to deserves mention.

    what? 282 likes?? what does that sentence even mean?

  135. xavier179 says: May 13, 2016 9:33 PM

    Finally ESPN got it right, everyone and I mean everyone hated Ray Lewis on tv.

  136. dudeicle says: May 14, 2016 7:53 PM

    Looks like Chris failed to heed his own advice

  137. averagjoe says: May 15, 2016 12:30 AM

    Chris Carter always spoke his mind… whether he was actually thinking at the time remains in doubt.

  138. johnniemayes says: May 15, 2016 1:44 AM

    Somebody please fire Keyshawn Johnson too. Guy is extremely annoying and adds nothing to the commentary.

  139. nyneal says: May 15, 2016 8:48 AM

    I’m glad they are gone. If ESPN and the other sports networks would only realize that hiring former players who are controversial figures and have trouble putting coherent sentences together makes their shows complete wastes of time, they’d be better off.
    The list of babbling idiots that these networks have hired is too long to put here. But some of the ones I dislike(d) the most include Shannon Sharpe, Joe Theismann, Terry Bradshaw (Duane Thomas had it right when he said Bradshaw couldn’t spell “cat” if you spotted him the “c” and “t”), Ray Lewis, Warren Sapp, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin (he is the absolute worst), and Mike Ditka (has he ever finished a sentence he started before he runs out of breath?).
    Howard Cosell, who was arguably the worst sports commentator ever, wrote a book called, “I Never Played The Game”. In it, he blasted the networks for hiring former athletes as broadcasters and what he called the “jockocracy” mentality of the network executives.
    Cosell is an icon in sports broadcasting — love him or hate him — but he was right about those executives.

  140. wolfman55h says: May 15, 2016 2:18 PM

    I liked Cris Carter. I thought he gave a good perspective of what the modern player is thinking . Ray Lewis was a mistake . All he did was preach . He would go off on these tangents during MNF Countdown leaving Young and Dilfer looking completely dazed lol. Keyshawn did nothing for the show. He had no credibility because he was so selfish as a player. Ditka simply got too old. That era is gone unfortunately. Who I will miss most is Dilfer. I thought he brought good insight to playing the qb position and was very candid about the overall status of the league.
    Just curious – among all of these at the mothership leaving how many are vocal conservatives? I know Ditka is. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dilfer is as well. Just saying .

  141. wolfman55h says: May 15, 2016 2:20 PM

    And yet Phil Simms keeps a job- the Horror! 😩

  142. wolfman55h says: May 15, 2016 2:23 PM

    Ny Neal – that was Thomas Henderson who made Bradshaw cat comment. Duane Thomas played ten years before TB.

  143. bakeberryjam says: May 15, 2016 5:20 PM

    Lewis was terrible, Carter I honestly didn’t mind as much, but he certainly should’ve been upgraded from a while ago.

    Up next should be Bayless, Stephen A. Smith, Hoge, and there’s probably more. These guys are so dreary to listen to.

  144. ibillwt says: May 15, 2016 6:21 PM

    A shame younger generation never heard Cossell. He was so arrogant, and egotistical everyone hated him,which is why I thought he was great.

  145. varangia says: May 16, 2016 12:18 AM

    ESPN is pure drivel. They’ve lost millions of subscribers. I only watch a little if I’m in a hotel room.

  146. razzlejag says: May 16, 2016 3:38 PM

    Young- no
    Dilfer- yes, big yes
    Keyshawn- no
    Ditka- dope
    Lewis- no
    Moss- YES, love RM

    The absolute worst is Chris Berman (the “Raidaaahhs”). I have no idea how he has hung on for so long. I don’t watch the ESPN Draft show b/c of him, I’ll take Rich Eisen every time.

  147. 209erfan says: May 16, 2016 7:44 PM

    Thank GOD!!! Literally!!! Hearing Lewis preach and babble on like some possessed minister drove me nuts! I’m like ” alright Ray I’ve already gone to church today! Can we just get back to football now!” I think God felt the same way lol. So thank you

  148. sportsfanexpress says: Nov 8, 2016 4:46 PM

    man shut the hell up…

    yall talking about Chris Carter and Ray.. we all make mistakes… and a lot of you hypocrits was probaly on drugs and abused alcohol as well .. and perhaps still users…. I am so tired of people trying to act like thier life was just a beacon of light….

    that show was great and now they just basically put some people in place.. Tom Brady and Bill Billichick as cheaters.. been cheaters… but yall love them… and Trump to as suppose…. bunch of dummies…. and bigots…. smh

  149. sportsfanexpress says: Nov 8, 2016 4:48 PM

    Ray Lewis is terrible on TV… I have to admit….

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