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Sports Radio Host….GUILTY, Facing 45 Years In Prison.


RELAX, it isn’t Stoney!  It’s Craig Carton from WFAN in New York.

I once brought this guy in for a tryout on WDFN, he’s a talented guy, but a total jerk.  I’m not sure I saw this coming, but I definitely wasn’t bringing him into our building.  I’m hoping he enjoys his time with Kwame Kilpatrick.

From the New York Post….

A Manhattan federal jury has convicted sports radio personality Craig Carton of fraud — setting the fallen “Boomer and Carton” co-host up for some hard prison time when he is sentenced next year.

After less than a day of deliberations, a jury of three men and nine women found Carton guilty on all three counts against him, including securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Carton looked straight ahead as the guilty verdicts were read while his wife, who was sitting in the courtroom with other supporters, held back tears.

“I need to let it sink in now,” he told reporters outside the courthouse. “I’m going to go home and hug my kids and let my lawyers deal with the rest of it.”

His lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, said he will appeal the verdict.

Carton, 49, was released on bail but ordered to return for sentencing on Feb. 27. He faces as much as 45 years in prison based on the sentencing guidelines but will likely get far less.

The Westchester native was one of the biggest names in sports radio when he was arrested last year and charged with defrauding investors of a bulk ticket business he had been running with Michael Wright, who has pleaded guilty.

The feds said Carton and Wright, together with a third man who has pleaded guilty in a separate scheme, solicited millions from investors to buy bulk tickets to events — only to use as the money for themselves, including to pay off Carton’s gambling debts.

“As a unanimous Manhattan jury has found, Carton was all talk,” Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. “Carton fabricated contracts for blocks of tickets and spent the almost $7 million he collected from investors on gambling and personal expenses,” Berman added.

At trial, the feds called a hedge fund executive who said his firm gave Carton more than $5 million at various points in 2016 to invest in tickets to Metallica and Barbara Streisand concerts.

In order to win the money, Carton fabricated contracts and emails, including one email presented at trial that was doctored by Carton to look like it had come from Fred Mangione, chief of staff of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Barclays Center and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the evidence showed.

At the time of the fraud, Carton was spending big bucks at casinos — even borrowing money from loan sharks to fund his casino trips, according to witness testimony.

One of the loan sharks, Desmond Finger, a general manager of Upper East Side strip club Sapphire 39, told the jury he gave Carton several high-interest loans of as much as $500,000 a pop to finance his casino trips in 2016 and 2017.

Their relationship fell apart when the radio host failed to repay a $500,000 loan in 2017, the strip club manager testified.

Carton resigned from WFAN’s top-rated “Boomer and Carton” radio program a week after his arrest and has repeatedly asserted his innocence up until trial, including in chats with the press and on his new radio show on the FNTSY Sports Network called “Carton & Friends.”

Carton claimed he was a victim of Joseph Meli, who is serving six-and-a-half years at a minimum security prison in Pennsylvania after pleading guilty to stealing a $100 million from investors of his ticket-selling scheme.

 




(LISTEN) Audio Of Sport Host Crushing Rick Pitino!

CBS RADIO Sports WBZ-F BOSTON’s morning team TOUCHER and RICH are making news on the sports page with their “shortest interview ever” with UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE basketball coach RICK PITINO on THURSDAY.

The entirety of the interview consisted of this:

TOUCHER : We are joined by RICK PITINO, former coach of the CELTICS, current coach of the LOUISVILLE CARDINALS who won the national championship. RICK PITINO, hello!

PITINO: Morning, guys.

FRED: You stink. You ruined the CELTICS. (hangs up)

Hear it here!

What do you think? Classless or hilarious?


ESPN’s Ryen Russillo and WEEI’s John Dennis Nearly Got in a Fight at the ESPN Super Bowl Party

What a couple of self important cheeseballs.

At ESPN’s Super Bowl party last night in Indianapolis, apparently Massachusetts boys Ryen Russillo (ESPN) and John Dennis (WEEI) nearly started the fight they should have had seven years ago.

Russilo Callahan

The 2005 backstory: Allegedly, Russillo was at a party in Boston and is rumored to have hit on a female.This female was the daughter of John Dennis. Naturally, Dennis wasn’t too thrilled – it’s unknown what else Russillo may have said – but he ended up leaving Russillo an expletive-filled voicemail (listen here).

You can read more about the incidenthere and here.

According to someone who was at the ESPN party Friday night, the two ran into each other again, words were exchanged, and they nearly came to blows. You know these mouthy types from Boston – it was probably just a lot of talk. But Russillo apparently still wants a piece of the old man – he’s been tweeting at him this afternoon and would love to get in the ring with him “for charity.” Dennis is lobbing love notes right back. (H/T:  The Big Lead)