Cross­ing the line

Roughrid­ers’ Duron Carter in hot water af­ter pre-game al­ter­ca­tion in Cal­gary

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - SPORTS - MUR­RAY MCCORMICK

the Rid­ers re­sumed prac­tice on Tues­day. “If we were to fight or some­thing, then it would be a real thing. Ev­ery­one saw what I did and I put my hands up. If he wants to show (off) for the crowd then he can do that. I don’t get into phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tions be­cause there isn’t any rea­son for that.”

Chris Jones, the Rid­ers’ head coach and gen­eral man­ager, said he talked to Carter about the in­ci­dent.

“You can’t cross mid­field and Duron was to­tally in the wrong,” Jones said. “I know at least Duron got fined and right­fully so. None of that stuff ever makes you play any bet­ter and it cer­tainly didn’t help us.”

The episode was mag­ni­fied con­sid­er­ing Carter’s rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a dis­trac­tion or dis­rup­tion. He can be among the league’s elite re­ceivers, but many of those ac­com­plish­ments are over­shad­owed by other in­ci­dents.

Last sum­mer, for ex­am­ple, Carter was fined by the Mon­treal Alou­ettes and sus­pended for a game by the CFL for bump­ing into Ot­tawa Red­blacks head coach Rick Campbell af­ter scor­ing a touch­down. In the fall, Carter also got into a shout­ing match with for­mer Alou­ettes quar­ter­back Ra­keem Cato.

Carter was re­leased by Mon­treal on Oct. 17. The Alou­ettes never ex­plained why Carter was cut, other than head coach Jac­ques Chapde­laine com­plain­ing about a per­ceived lack of ef­fort by some uniden­ti­fied play­ers af­ter a 22-8 loss to the host Stam­ped­ers on Oct. 16. Carter and fel­low re­ceiver Kenny Stafford were cut the next day.

The Rid­ers gam­bled on Carter de­spite those in­ci­dents, sign­ing the free-agent re­ceiver on Jan. 26.

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