Mike Francesa says WFAN hasn’t asked him to stay on longer after Craig Carton’s arrest, but the Sports Pope seems open to the idea.
In an interview with Newsday, Francesa — who is planning to leave in December — told the newspaper he understands why people are now questioning if he’d remain instead.
“I will not turn my back on the station,” Francesa said. “Let’s see what the fall brings. I haven’t talked to anybody, but I know there are conversations ahead.”
As of right now, Francesa added “the plan remains in place.”
There had been speculation that WFAN might ask Francesa to stay now that Carton has been suspended indefinitely after he was arrested by FBI agents last Wednesday morning for allegedly duping investors out of $ 5.6 million in a ticket resale scam to cover enormous gambling debts, according to authorities.
WFAN has had Phil Simms, Jerry Recco and Brandon Tierney sit beside Boomer Esiason in the meantime, but the station will need to find a more permanent solution. It would be tough to deal with replacing both Carton and Francesa simultaneously.
Francesa, who’s had a long-standing rivalry was Carton, didn’t use the arrest as an opportunity to take shots at the shock jock.
“For all the fun that we make of Mike here and laugh at some of the things that go on in the afternoon, he was great,” Esiason said after having a hallway conversation with him.