Boomer Esiason opens up on ‘cautionary tale’ Craig Carton

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Boomer Esiason opened WFAN’s morning show Thursday by dealing with former co-host Craig Carton’s fraud conviction.

“All of us are saddened by the news and we had all held out hope that Craig would somehow find his way out of what he got himself into,” a somber Esiason said. “There are victims in this case. I don’t want to take away in any way, shape or form what they’ve had to deal with the last 14 months. There were people that were asked to go on the stand.

“Their character was called into question, reputation was called into question on behalf of those folks, I hope this gives them closure. We love Craig. He was the light of this radio station for many of us. We’d walk in here and he was the professional that basically led his radio show for years and years and years and years.”

The former Jets quarterback and Carton had been paired together for 10 years when the 49-year-old was stunningly charged for his role in a Ponzi scheme in September 2017. Carton proclaimed his innocence in the 14 months since his arrest, but a jury convicted him on all three charges and he faces up to 45 years in prison. Carton’s legal team plans to appeal his conviction.

Esiason, as well as update man Jerry Recco and producer Al Dukes, bemoaned the gambling addiction and believed-to-be massive losses that precipitated Carton’s cash scheme.

“This is a cautionary tale of how your life can spiral out of control and affect so many around you, including your own family, the people that you work with and the people that you try to do business with on the outside,” Esiason said. “Last night there was a moment that where I said, ‘I can’t believe it’s finally come to an end.’ He’s destroyed a lot of people in his wake, and that’s what a gambling addiction can do to you.”

Carton, who was replaced by Gregg Giannotti, and Esiason helped WFAN thrive after the firing of Don Imus.

“It was unpredictable,” Esiason said of Carton, who has four children with his wife, Kim. “Every day was different, and we never had a cross word when we left this studio. We never ever got into any sort of arguments, disagreements or anything with the exception of once or twice with other personalities on this radio station. When the news came down [Wednesday] I wasn’t shocked, I was saddened, saddened for his family.”

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