Cris Carter made small little ripples in the great big media pond last week by apparently advocating gun-violence as a solution to Dallas‘s little Terrell Owens problem. “If I got a gun I got one bullet in it, I shoot T.O. right now,” Carter said. “Right on the spot. I have a press conference my first day they hire me, I have him come, I put a bullet right there sitting in him.” I’m pretty sure Carter was speaking figuratively there, but obviously, it was still a poor choice of words (never mind the fact that “I put a bullet right there sitting in him” doesn’t even make sense). And, even worse, it opened him up for a big comeback by T.O., who never met a controversy he didn’t want to dive straight into. Sadly, rather than rip Carter the new one he so richly deserves, Owens brought the weak stuff. The receiver said on Yardbarker (which, by the way, is an affiliate of Fan-Sided Blogs):
Hey Yardbarker… This is T.O. and I want to tell you this myself. People ask me what I thought about what Cris Carter said about me a few days ago. All I know is, if I’d been the one who had said that about him, what would everyone have thought?
I don’t know T.O. – that you’re an idiot with a big mouth? Sort of like Cris Carter?
It saddens me that Terrell’s brashness and magnetism are not matched by an ability to fire off a witty riposte, even when he has a chance to sit there and think about it before typing it. It also saddens me that Carter, one of my all-time favorite players, has become little more than a clown since joining the media big-leagues. Wouldn’t shock me to see ESPN dump him at the earliest possible opportunity. They cut loose Sean Salisbury with little hesitation, and he had way more of a profile on that network than Carter does. Besides, Keyshawn Johnson already fills their quota of buttwipe former wide receivers. Carter seems redundant.