For the past week Boomer Esiason has had to host his WFAN morning show without regular on-air partner Craig Carton. Last week, Carton was arrested by federal agents on multiple charges that he allegedly ran a Ponzi scheme in relation to a fake ticket scam. And Carton has remained off the air as he’s on indefinite suspension by CBS Radio.

Esiason did address the situation on the day following Carton’s arrest, but he made his first extended comments about it on Monday during his weekly appearance on the Toucher & Rich program on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, he said losing Carton was a big blow:

“I’m lost and heartbroken over the whole thing, trying to figure out what the future holds,” Boomer told Toucher & Rich. “We just have to wait and see and only time will tell.”

Esiason told 98.5 The Sports Hub that he spoke with Carton over the weekend, the first time since he was arrested:

“It was a very somber call; I was more interested about his family. You can imagine how that must be. If you guys have worked with anybody who has had problems in their life, you want the best for them; want to love them and their family, give them hope and support. But under the current circumstances there is only so much support I can give and a lot of it can’t be public,” he said. “All I can do is tell him I love him dearly, I’m pulling for him and privately I’ll try to help him the best I can.”

Esiason went on his own show to talk about the phone call with Carton:

Esiason says Carton has received a lot of ridicule and scorn since the arrest, but said he’s going to fight the federal charges “as hard as he can.” In the meantime, the Boomer & Carton show will roll on with various guest co-hosts including Esiason’s NFL Today and Inside the NFL co-hort Phil Simms.

[CBS Boston]

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  • souvien

    Wouldn’t want Kaepernick as a teammate…but happy to have a felonious scumbag as a partner…
    Thanks for your input Boomer…

    • philip

      Lolll two completley different scenarios.. but i guess thats how people like you think today.. pretty sad hahahahaha

      • brothermuzone

        Yeah one guy is a criminal and the other wants people held accountable for their actions

        • philip

          people accountable for their actions? so you group all the good people in America with the scumbags?? you group the good men and women fighting for our country with good hearts and the good men and women in uniform protecting our streets with racist assholes that don’t represent what a good hearted American believes??? ur a moron, but can’t change how an idiot thinks because you aren’t capable of thinking outside the box or the grander picture.. you see two inches in front of ur face and that stems from being unevolved.. can’t hate on you for that.. but hey you can cast a vote lollllll

          • brothermuzone

            Maybe if you actually listen instead of making things up maybe you would learn something.

            “KAEPERNICK: I have great respect for men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country.

            They fight for freedom. They fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice for everyone. And that’s not happening.

            People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. It’s something that’s not happening.

            I’ve seen videos. I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they fought for and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.”

            Where did he say all white people and all police officers are racist?

          • philip

            ur an idiot…. here you go:


            “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,”

            he said all the crap you provided after he started catching flak.. he flip flopped because he realized he made a mistake.. and his agent told him no one will sign you, if you don’t change and follow up to what you said.. his real narrative was published.. he’s full of shit. and so are you.. read between the lines guy… read between the lines!

        • philip

          and thats what kaepernicks actions means.. he’s grouping all american’s in with the scumbags.. he views america as accepting.. i’m white, i’m not racist, and i hate the brutality exhibited by police, but i hate the brutality shown to police when a mother and father gets ambushed in their police cars… I have friends that are policemen and family and friends fighting overseas… i’ve known them forever and they never treated anyone poorly.. never were racist.. but kaepernick groups all of us together, and that isn’t right and its an insult to what they do and believe.. and if you can’t see that i feel bad for you.

          • brothermuzone

            You are grouping all Americans in with scumbags not Kaepernick. As Kaepernick has said bad police officers make it harder for good police officers. Maybe you should actually listen to what he has to say instead of making up your own false narrative. When has kaepernick or anyone of consequence been pro police officers being murdered. The big difference is when police officers are killed the scumbag who did it is buried under the jail if they live long enough to be arrested as opposed to police officers who kill people often get off with nothing more than a 2 week vacation. Stop taking things so personal. Nobody’s grouping you with murderous cops if you are not a murderous cop.

          • philip

            i’m not making up my own narrative.. HERE YOU GO: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” (here is the link asshole:

            last i checked I was an American, that is my flag, this is my country.. i love it.. he apparantly does not.. maybe you should do some research as opposed to assuming other people don’t… but what else would you expect from a person who is more then likely living off the tax dollars i pay to the government.. have a nice day clown ass.. i’ll be sure to keep paying my tax dollars so you can hate this country. : )

  • cablejunkie

    what about the people he scammed norman?

    • philip

      you can still have unconditional love; carton destroyed his family.. boomer is offering support of his friend of 10 years.. you don’t have to agree with someones choices, but not abandoning is admirable.. carton is just a dirt bag

    • Hawaii50

      Agree–not a whole lot of talk about those people. I wonder if Boomer would be so supportive of Carton if he or one of his friends got scammed for $100,000? There are victims here. Maybe he ruined a few families by stealing that $. Those people might not all be billionaires who can afford the loss. A little more context would be appreciated here.

      Funny that Carton (supported by Boomer) was always bragging about making $ gambling. Throwing around thousands on bets

  • Bscotch Bscotch

    Did Boomer do any work for Carton’s charity?

    • philip

      i’m sure he’s done plenty of appearances to draw crowds and get people to attend.. but there is no way he had a hand in it.. plus he has his foundation for cystic fibrosis so i’m sure that takes most of his available time

  • philip

    Wow, thats unconditional love right there.. That’s admirable of Boomer Esiason to support Carton right now.. But lets face it, what Carton did was absolutely ridiculous.. in a time of financial economic rebound in the US, you know the government is monitoring everything.. The fact he destroyed his family with his gambling problem is just another sad tale.. he wasn’t the first and won’t be the last.. but i respect boomer for sticking by his friend; but i have zero respect for Carton.. 250k a year and he’s millions in debt? he could have been living a comfortable life in the NYC with a 6 figure salary with his family, and he threw it all away.. shame on him

  • TheOriginalDonald

    Hope Phil isn’t too bougie to take the tea bag out of the mug before drinking it