NBC Sports’ Lead Baseball Writer on Craig Carton Arrest: ‘Pardon Me if I Die Laughing’

Pair feuded years ago after WFAN personality Carton called NBC’s Craig Calcaterra a “fraud”

Last Updated: September 7, 2017 @ 1:50 PM

“Boomer & Carton” morning show host Craig Carton isn’t having a good day, and one rival’s getting a real kick out of it.

The popular WFAN radio personality and former New Jersey 101.5 “Jersey Guy” was arrested this morning by the FBI, accused of scamming investors out of several million dollars with a phony ticket scheme. That shocking news led to a different sports-y Craig, NBC Sports’ lead baseball writer Craig Calcaterra, tweeting out the following:

And:

Not to mention:

While we don’t have the audio or a transcript of Carton calling Calcaterra a “fraud” years back, the word feels like it’s pretty seared into the national pastime scribe’s memory. It’s also not unlike the outspoken Carton to take such a strong and stern stance with a guest he doesn’t personally jive with.

Calcaterra heard some heat back from Carton fans on the social media platform, which led to this post:

Carton has been charged with securities fraud and wire fraud. He and Wright are scheduled to appear later today in Manhattan federal court.

The duo 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 agency.

The conspiracy count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, per the feds. The securities fraud count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5 million, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The wire fraud count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

The married father of four, Carton (pictured above, right) has co-hosted New York City’s 660 AM sportstalk show with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason (above, left) since September 2007. Carton started his career in Buffalo in the early 1990s.

Carton is the founder of a charity for children with Tourette Syndrome called TicTocStop. Carton and two of his children have the condition.

WFAN-owner CBS Radio did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Carton’s arrest, nor did WFAN itself.