Cris Carter exits FOX Sports

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Cris Carter’s run at FOX Sports has ended.

Via John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, FOX Sports has issued a statement confirming that Carter no longer is employed by the company.

The Hall of Fame receiver, who previously worked at ESPN before ESPN parted ways with him, had been with FOX since December 2016. He appeared on FS1’s First Things First since its inception in 2017.

Carter hadn’t appeared on the show since last Wednesday, and Ryan Glasspiegel of previously reported that FOX had suspended Carter. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reported that Carter was upset with his omission from the FOX Sports Thursday night pregame show, which like First Things First originates in Manhattan.

The issue came to a head last week, and it’s possible that the last straw for Carter came from the decision to tap Reggie Bush to fill in for Terry Bradshaw last Thursday night. FOX also has been flying Tony Gonzalez from L.A. to New York for appearances on the Thursday pregame show, even though Carter could have done it with no travel expenses.

Carter made waves in 2015 when the notorious “fall guy” video first surfaced. At the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium, an event which has since been discontinued, Carter advised rookies to ensure that their circle of friends includes one person who will assume responsibility for anything that the player may have done.

“If you all got a crew, you got to have a fall guy in the crew,” Carter said. “If you all have a crew, one of those fools got to know, he’s the one going to jail. We’ll get him out.”

ESPN thereafter got Carter out, and Carter by all appearances has now gotten himself out of FOX.

53 responses to “Cris Carter exits FOX Sports

  1. Good riddance. He’s one of those people, just like his co-host, who likes the sound of his own voice and shouts over people and contributes nothing to the discussion except hot air.

  2. So he was kicked off for something he said in 2014? Anyone else confused? This article doesn’t really explain what happened.

  3. Gotta love Cris Carter. Best advice ever given to NFL rookies, but it’s just one of those things that needs to be said, you just can’t say it. Tons of NFL players since have lost their jobs and millions of dollars because they didn’t have a fall guy. Who’s got time to think about morals when you’re already doing something illegal anyways, might as well try and stay out of trouble at all costs.

  4. Chris Carter is such a jerk… I do not understand why he feels he should be featured on every sports show.

  5. Reggie Bush is better. Watching 70-80 yo men with dyed hair and makeup talk about football is just plain awful. Although Carter doesn’t fall into that category, Fox and CBS must replace all their rapidly aging studio crews. Just plain unwatchable.

  6. Carter thinks he’s some big media superstar. He’s not. If I were a Fox executive and was faced with putting Tony Gonzales or Cris Carter on a pre, halftime, or postgame show, it would be a no brainer that Gonzales would be the choice. Gonzales has a much better demeanor for television, meaning there’s a better chance at a wider viewing audience.

  7. Thank goodness, he and that skinny dude with the big nose on First Things First were absolutely awful. Just hot takes after hot takes, he’s simply not cut out for TV.

  8. Because you caught first downs and touchdowns does not automatically make you qualified to be a commentator of any type – regardless of whether you’re a jerk or not. Networks seem to have a hard time realizing this sometimes.

  9. good. Tired of his phony southern/urban dialect act. He wasn’t from the south. He was always a fraud except on the field where he was excellent no doubt.

  10. Carter should know better than to say how things actually are. Just regurgitate some PC, sanitized, worthless advice that everyone knows is fake. That’s what pacifies today’s society. Water it down or face the consequences.

  11. Likely the typical scenario with sports broadcasters. They start believing their own press. They ALL are replaceable, ALL of them.

  12. I had forgotten about the symposium. I am forgiving of the young players who do stupid things but this was a HOF player telling young impressionable men to go ahead and break the law and this is how you get away with it. If you wonder why there is an issue with players entering the NFL void of expected moral standards, this is a good reason why. Chris Carter didn’t dissuade them from doing terrible things, he encouraged them to be criminals.

  13. He has been a jerk on the field and he taught his kid well as his son Duran has been a jerk after not making the NFL has been bounced around and fined and suspended in the CFL with 4 different teams. It takes more than talent there is also the personal side on how you conduct yourself. If you got money get a fall guy in your posse – come on man

  14. whenwilliteverend says:
    November 7, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Yet somehow Colin Cowherd and Skip Bayless still have jobs.

    100 thumbs up… Not only do they have jobs, they make tons of money. Cowherd actually argued that Belichick deliberately sabotaged Brady/Kraft in SB 52. How he has that job is beyond my understanding.

  15. It’s a shame. I really like Carter. He will tell you the good and the bad. Rather than being a cheerleader, he will criticize people if needed. I wish him well.

  16. To me he’s worked himself into a kind of Steven A Smith. Always boisterous and yet saying very little. Can’t listen to either one of ’em.

  17. Fox is probably cutting down on ex-players that are completely illiterate and resort to yelling for entertainment value. Gonzalez is articulate, smart, and thoughtful. Of course they are going to go with him. Carter cut his own throat by bitching about it, instead of trying to be better.

  18. I lost ALL respect for Chris Carter with the fall guy video. I have family and friends in Mpls. that had seen him out and about while he played for Minnesota, they said he was a total jerk especially to Waiters Waitresses etc. Treating people like they were so far below him. The guy could have filled in but refused so they had to fly Tony 1st class and put him up full ride. Carter may have been a football team player but he is not one to his fellow man.

  19. As a young Viking fan in the 90’s I liked watching Cris Carter play. Then came the day his mouth was the only means of making money, and we are all the worse for it. Haven’t been able to take him serious in years. It’s amazing Randy Moss has had a better career as a comentator than Carter.

  20. I love Chris Carter. Just a great Buckeye. HOF college player and HOF pro player. Very thoughtful and articulate guy. Great insight into the game. I’m always trying to learn, and he’s one guy with a ton of knowledge.

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