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Cris Carter’s wife Melanie allegedly headbutted during tennis match

Melanie-Carter-Cris-CarterMelanie Carter, the wife of NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, was reportedly playing in a tennis match in Florida recently that turned violent. More specifically, Carter claims another woman headbutted her.

According to a police report that was obtained by TMZ, Carter was playing in a doubles match at the Seasons of Boca Raton community center when one of the women who was playing asked the line judge to clear up a disputed call. Carter didn’t agree with the judge’s call, which led to her and the other player getting into an argument.

Carter told police that the other woman dared her to “hit me” and then proceeded to headbutt her. The two then allegedly got into a fight and ended up on the ground. The other woman claims she did not headbutt Carter and that Carter hit her first. No one has been arrested.

Am I the only one who immediately thought of this?

Cris Carter responds to Doug Baldwin

Doug-Baldwin-SeahawksThe first thing Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin did when he found a microphone after his team won the Super Bowl on Sunday was rip into ESPN analyst Cris Carter. Baldwin, who caught five passes for 66 yards and a touchdown, was furious that Carter and Keyshawn Johnson described Seattle’s receivers as “appetizers” before the NFC Championship Game.

Carter later responded to Baldwin with a simple message — get over it.

“For one, I never called them pedestrian,” Carter said. “I (said) the reason why they were on the field is because the two starting receivers happened to be hurt. I didn’t make that up. And I’m glad Doug Baldwin — I’m glad they’re playing well.

“But they’re not the only professionals to have someone say on TV, or a coach, that you couldn’t play. I got cut. So they need to get over it.”

Baldwin’s fellow wide receiver appetizer, Jermaine Kearse, hauled four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks receivers outplayed the Denver Broncos’ loaded receiving corps, which is something no one could have predicted. Baldwin earned the right to rub it in Carter’s face.

While I understand what Carter and Johnson were trying to say about Seattle dealing with injuries to Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice, Carter has still shown in the past that he is an idiot by making ridiculous statements about the game’s current receivers. He always comes off like a jealous guy who wants to protect his legacy.

Doug Baldwin rips Cris Carter after winning Super Bowl

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Doug Baldwin couldn’t wait to rip ESPN analyst Cris Carter after the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl on Sunday. And the undrafted wide receiver from Stanford just unloaded on the Hall of Famer.

“I’m not going to say any names, but he knows who he is. I respect what you did on the field. But stick to football,” Baldwin said of Carter via NJ.com. “Stick to playing football because your analytical skills ain’t up to par yet. You need to slow down, you need to go back. Because you’re saying some stuff that doesn’t really make sense.”

Baldwin was apparently chapped by Carter and Keyshawn Johnson describing the Seahawks’ wide receivers as “appetizers” prior to the NFC Championship Game between the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

“That dude that said that we were appetizers, he told me to Google him. But I didn’t see any Super Bowl appearances and I also saw two losses in the conference championship. I have a Super Bowl ring and I will gladly show that to him. And if he doesn’t have time to come see it, tell him he can Google it.”

Ouch.

[Related: Cris Carter responds to Doug Baldwin]

Those are some strong words from Baldwin. But I don’t know why he took it so personally. Carter is an idiotic commentator whose opinion, words, and analysis should not be taken seriously. Remember what happened with him and Calvin Johnson? That was all because Carter was so unprepared as an analyst that he forgot to mention Calvin, and then was too proud to add Johnson to his list when he realized he screwed up. I’m glad Baldwin took it to him.

As for the “appetizers,” well they played a great game. Baldwin led his team with 5 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown, while Jermaine Kearse, another undrafted receiver, had 4 catches for 64 yards and a TD. Baldwin caught all of the passes thrown his way. Not bad for a platter of sliders and some artichoke dip, huh Cris?

Mike Pouncey told Cris Carter Jonathan Martin considered quitting during rookie season

Jonathan MartinJonathan Martin abruptly departed the Miami Dolphins last week, but the idea may have been in his mind for a while.

We have previously heard that Martin has had “emotional issues” since his rookie season, and Dolphins center and leadership council member, Mike Pouncey, says as a rookie, Martin was having second thoughts about playing pro football.

Per The Miami Herald, Pouncey told Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Cris Carter that Martin considered quitting football during his rookie season.

Here’s what Pouncey told Carter, per The Herald:

Pouncey told Carter, the Hall of Famer later relayed, that Martin had considered quitting football long before leaving the team.

Carter said Pouncey told him: “There were times he struggled as a rookie and contemplated, ‘Am I cut out for this?’ ”

That seems to mesh with what Martin told Richie Incognito over text. Martin reportedly told Incognito that the football culture and locker room got to him, leading him to leave.

Among other issues, it sure seems like Martin may not have fit in in the NFL — or at least with the Dolphins — and came to that realization.

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Former Minnesota Vikings WR Qadry Ismail: Cris Carter was a diva

Cris-Carter-VikingsMinnesota Vikings legend Cris Carter is one of the best wide receivers to ever play in the National Football League. In addition, he is one of the greatest NFL players to never win a Super Bowl. According to former Vikings receiver Qadry Ismail, there is a reason for that.

Carter is set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, but Ismail wanted to remind everyone on Sunday that the eight-time Pro Bowler had plenty of flaws.

“To be perfectly honest with you, Cris was a bona fide diva,” Ismail told SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio, via Pro Football Talk. “…To me, the greatest guy that I played with was Shannon Sharpe, because he raised the game up for me as a player. I know there would be times when we’d get in the huddle and he’d look over at me and go, ‘Q, we need to make a play.’ Or whatever it might have been in that moment. And I swear to you it would be like, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to make a play because Shannon just called me out.’ And sure enough, boom, it would be there. Shannon was that kind of a guy that you just knew that he was in your corner.

“You couldn’t say the same thing for Cris Carter. You couldn’t say the same thing as far as his attitude towards his teammates. You couldn’t say the same thing as far as his attitude as far as the coaching staff. You knew that he had a selfishness to him that was an extreme selfishness.”

Carter always wanted the ball, which some would argue is the mark of a great player. He probably wouldn’t even argue if you told him he demanded the ball a bit too much. However, he might disagree with Ismail over the notion that his selfishness prevented him from winning a championship.

“Could he flat out make plays? Absolutely,” Ismail said. “But there’s a reason why they didn’t go all the way and win Super Bowls. There’s a reason why, that his talent was good, but when you talk about Jerry Rice talent you also talk about that team elevating it to the next level to win championships. When you talk about Shannon’s talent you are talking about that team elevating and winning championships. When you are talking about talent, there’s one thing to have talent but, to me, if you’re a complete, amazing football player, others around you rise up to whatever their level of talent is.”

That’s debatable. It’s tough to argue that a guy who hauled in 130 touchdowns and racked up more than 13,000 yards in his career held his team back. I guess it’s possible, but it sounds like Ismail is exaggerating a bit. It also sounds like Carter wasn’t the best teammate, which probably isn’t shocking news to anyone.

Cris Carter cries after making it into Hall of Fame (Video)

Cris Carter cryingCris Carter had an emotional reaction when he was announced as one of the class of 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame members.

The former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver joined Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, Larry Allen, and Bill Parcells, as well as senior nominees Curley Culp and Dave Robinson as the seven people who made it into Canton this year. Carter broke down while speaking as one of the players selected for enshrinement.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s the most amazing thing that’s happened to me,” said Carter. “People told me when I didn’t get in the first year, and when I didn’t get in the second year … they told me that it would still be awesome (when I finally did make it). They weren’t lying.

“The process is what it is. These players are unbelievable. To be in a class like this … to play against these guys, my contemporaries — it’s unreal. It’s unreal that you’re going to end your career in Canton. For me, I’m forever humble. If you look at my career and how it started, for me to end up here? This is the happiest day of my life.”

The speech was a nice moment from Carter and it truly shows how important an honor like this is for a player.

Though we have disliked Carter as a TV analyst, we always respected him as a player and felt that he was a Hall of Famer. And why was Carter so emotional as he reflected on his career? He was a fourth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the supplemental draft, and he was a slow developer. He didn’t record his first 1,000-yard receiving season until his seventh season in the league. Once he did develop, he became a machine for the Vikings. Carter churned out eight-straight 1,000-yard seasons from 1993-2000, scoring 90 touchdowns in that span.

An eight-time Pro Bowler, Carter is ninth in career receiving yards (13,899), fourth in career receptions (1,101), and fourth in career receiving touchdowns (130). He was an extremely worthy inductee.

Cris Carter admits he used bounties, mostly for protection

Former eight-time Pro Bowl receiver Cris Carter dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he admitted using bounties throughout his NFL career.

The former longtime Vikings receiver told ESPN Radio’s Mike Hill and Mark Schlereth that he did it mostly for protection.

“I’m guilty of it,” Carter said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever admitted it. But I put a bounty on guys before. I put bounties on guys. And the guys tried to take me out, a guy tried to take a cheap shot on me, I put a bounty on him, right now.”

“A money bounty?” Schlereth asked.

“Absolutely,” Carter responded.

“You told one of your teammates that if ..” Schlereth began before getting interrupted by Carter.

“Protect me,” Carter said he told his teammates. “Protect me from him … Especially if he’s playing a different position where I can’t protect myself.”

“So if you played a linebacker you would …” Hill began, before Carter interrupted.

“I’d tell one of them guards, ‘Hey man, this dude is after me, man. Bill Romanowski.’ He told me he’s gonna me out before the game, in warmups. No problem. ‘I’m gonna end your career, Carter.’ No problem. I put a little change on his head before the game. Protect myself, protect my family. That’s the league that I grew up in.”

Asked whether he was the only one to do that, Carter was emphatic: “Heck no!”

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