Carter has eye on ball, not court cases

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Duron Carter’s fo­cus re­mains on the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers while two charges for al­leged mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion work their way through the courts.

“It’s just re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that you have to han­dle,” the Rid­ers’ wide re­ceiver/de­fen­sive back said Thurs­day.

“I don’t see it as a dis­trac­tion. I don’t par­tic­u­larly think about it that much, to tell you the truth.”

Carter was in Regina with the Roughrid­ers on Thurs­day pre­par­ing for Fri­day’s reg­u­lar-sea­son opener against the vis­it­ing Toronto Arg­onauts.

While he was in the Queen City, Carter’s lat­est court date in Saska­toon ended with a third ad­journ­ment. Louis Mercier, Carter’s Regina-based lawyer, ap­peared by tele­phone and re­quested the ad­journ­ment. The ap­pear­ance lasted less than five min­utes.

Carter, 27, is sched­uled to re­turn to Saska­toon court June 27. Be­fore that, he is sched­uled to ap­pear in Win­nipeg court June 18 on a sec­ond mar­i­juana-pos­ses­sion charge.

Carter was charged with al­legedly pos­sess­ing more than 30 grams of mar­i­juana when he was stopped at Win­nipeg In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Nov. 25.

On Feb. 1, he was charged with pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana at Saska­toon In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Carter didn’t sound wor­ried when asked for fur­ther com­ment on the pend­ing charges.

“Ev­ery­thing is go­ing great, ac­cord­ing to my lawyers,” he said.

“I haven’t talked to my lawyer (on Thurs­day), but things are go­ing pretty smooth and I’m here.”

It has been foot­ball as usual for Carter since the charges were laid. He signed a oneyear con­tract ex­ten­sion two months af­ter be­ing ini­tially charged.

Carter doesn’t know what the fu­ture holds with re­gard to the charges.

“It’s re­ally up to the Crown and how they want to han­dle it,” he said.

“All I can do is be su­per co-op­er­a­tive and do my due dili­gence and see how it goes.”

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