Boomer Esiason took a few minutes out of his radio show this morning to address the FBI arrest of partner Craig Carton, which has now officially led to an indefinite suspension from radio station WFAN.
The former Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets quarterback began by thanking fans and friends for all of the support as the shocking news broke on Wednesday.
“I just want people to know out there that I love my partner for 10 years, I still love my partner. I love his family, I love his kids,” Esiason said on Thursday’s “Boomer & Carton.”
“I am praying every single day that he lands on his feet, that they land on their feet. There’s nothing worse than a family having to go through what they have to go through here.”
“It was like a morgue around here yesterday,” the sportstalk radio personality continued. “I have not talked to Craig at all since the last time we were together on the air. I did however talk to Mike Francesa yesterday — I ran into him in the hallway, I was here. Mike was unbelievable. Mike was … I can’t explain it.”
“For all the fun we make of Mike here and laugh at some of the things that go on in the afternoon, he was great,” Esiason continued. “I know he couldn’t talk about it yesterday because the company doesn’t want anyone talking about anything. But I gotta tell you, he and I had maybe a five to six, seven-minute conversation, and he was great.”
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Carton was arrested by the FBI Wednesday at his Manhattan home.
Along with partner Michael Wright, the 48-year-old New Jersey 101.5 FM alum is accused of stealing several million dollars from investors. The former “Jersey Guy” has been charged with securities fraud and wire fraud. He and Wright appeared yesterday in Manhattan federal court.
Carton and his co-conspirator allegedly told investors that they had access to discounted blocks of tickets to sporting and music events, which they could turn around and sell for a profit. That access never actually existed and written agreements provided to investors were fraudulent, the FBI says. The millions raised were “misappropriated” and used in part to “pay personal debts and repay prior investors as part of a Ponzi-like scheme,” per the federal agency.