Crossing the line
Roughriders’ Duron Carter in hot water after pre-game altercation in Calgary
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.