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Carter Launches Rice Controversy

Cris Carter is widely known as one of the all time greats to ever play the wide receiver position.

He’s also known to be a bit of a talker.

On Thursday, Carter created a stir amongst NFL followers when he essentially questioned Sidney Rice’s work ethic.  The comments came after Rice failed to show up for a private “camp” for wide outs held in Minneapolis by Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals.  Rice attended last offseason, and was widely expected to participate again after his monster 2009 campaign.

Carter had some choice words when asked what Rice’s biggest challenge will be this season.

I don’t know,” Carter said. “You have to ask him. I don’t know what it’s like to have one good year and then disappear. I don’t know what it’s like. That’s on him. I really don’t know. … If I had that kind of impact on him he should have been here today.”

Apparently Carter doesn’t remember his 2002 season in Miami when he had eight catches for 66 yards and a touchdown… and a lost fumble.  With age as an excuse, however, Carter is pretty much correct that he proved to be one of the most consistent receivers in the history of the NFL.

“I don’t look mad do I?” he responded to a direct question. “I don’t get mad about kids coming or not coming. Larry is the only one who invited me. Larry is the only one but some people in Kansas City as far as their administration kind of knew I was going to be here. We kind of let them know that I would be here for [receiver Dwayne] Bowe. But I’m here for Larry. Everybody else is just getting the benefit of our relationship. But Sidney is not here so I guarantee he’s not getting no better today.”

Shortly after Carter’s comments was when Rice’s agent, the infamous Drew Rosenhaus, went to work via his Twitter account.  He wrote that Rice is still suffering from a lingering hip injury that may or may not have been the reason had to sit out of his first Pro Bowl.  The injury has supposedly been bothering Rice beginning sometime in the post season.

Judd Zulgad of Access Vikings was able to reach Rice by phone on Thursday, and Rice sounded content with how things were progressing and confident in his ability to be ready by training camp.

“Everything is alright. I’ll be ready to go at camp,” Rice told Zulgad.

“We had it looked at [by doctors] and no surgery,” he said.  “It’s not bad.  Just being cautious with it. I can run. I’m jogging and sprinting. I’m just not doing a lot of cutting and different things like that. The doctors feel this is the best thing.”

This time of year, players have two main goals:  Be healthy and don’t get arrested.

The fact that Rice isn’t yet participating in Fitzgerald’s camp is a bummer because it obviously benefitted his performance last season.  But, on the other hand, I would say that getting his hip healthy and keeping it that way should be Rice’s highest priority, even if that means staying away from Cris Carter’s strenuous training opportunities.

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9 Responses to “Carter Launches Rice Controversy”

  1. c.carterhof says:

    It is a bummer, but it aint gotta be a big deal. My namesake was one of the greatest WR’s ever, but sometmes his mouth flaps too much.
    “This time of year, players have two main goals: Be healthy and don’t get arrested.”

    Amen to that Mr.Warwas.

  2. Eric says:

    Hey Mr. Carter, while I am grateful for the great years you gave us. How about before you open your mouth about something and question someones desire and work ethic get it from the horses mouth so you do not look like a horses ….

  3. B. Grant says:

    Agree. Chris was hired at this job for his mouth. At times, he is an overachiever in this area. Count this as one of those times.

  4. Fragile Freds says:

    It could be argued Carter had the greatest hands ever to play the game. A fantastic receiver. Freds loved to see him play.

    But if we are honest with ourselves, when a big mouth jackass like Carter plays on a winning team and yaps like that he is a “leader”. When a big mouth jackass like Carter plays on a losing team and yaps like that he is divisive and can suck the life out of a team. We saw both during his time with the Vikes.

    Of course now that we don’t get the benefit of seeing Carter put those great hands to work on the football field, all we are left with is the fact that he still is a big mouth jackass.

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      Hey Freds I missed you at anger management class. It looks like you could use a little here. One thing about Carters big mouth is it’s keeping him out of Canton.

  5. Zag says:

    Carter needs to can it. The NFL knows there is absolutely no news this time of year, and the producers probably thought it was a good idea to send Carter somewhere to do something loudly. Here’s their conversation:

    1: “Yo, did you hear about Fitzgerald’s camp thingy or whatever?”

    2: “Yeah, sounds alright I guess.”

    1: “How can we make a story out of this, besides unleashing a virus on all the attendees?”

    2: “Uh… Well, we could sent Chris Carter over there to act like a dumbass and whine about something. I mean, if Brett Favre farts it makes the news these days, so Chris Carter having a hissy fit has GOT to land in the news somewhere.”

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