A “heartbroken” Boomer Esiason was finally able to speak to Craig Carton on Saturday during a “very somber” phone call following his co-host’s arrest last week.
The shock jock of WFAN’s the “Boomer and Carton” show was nabbed by the FBI early Wednesday morning for duping investors out of $ 5.6 million in a ticket resale scam to cover enormous gambling debts, according to authorities.
“I’m lost and heartbroken over the whole thing, trying to figure out what the future holds,” Boomer said during a radio interview on “Toucher & Rich.” “We just have to wait and see and only time will tell.”
Carton was brought up after discussing whether former CBS color commentator and Giants quarterback Phil Simms — who filled in the day after the arrest — will replace Carton in the future. Esiason said he spoke with Carton for a few minutes over the weekend.
“It was a very somber call. I was more interested about his family,” Esiason explained. “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 continued that for 10 years his co-host has been “so unpredictable” whenever they’re in the studio.
“Ninety percent of the show he’s doing a standup routine and I’m reacting. I’m the laugh track, the older brother who is being more mature, the guy bringing it back to the center or the guy being brought into an awkward situation,” Esiason said.
Carton’s lawyer, Robert C. Gottlieb, has said the allegations “demonstrate a gross misunderstanding of what happened” and Esiason said on the show that Carton plans to fight to clear his name.
“He has been basically ridiculed and scorned, people are attacking him left and right,” Esiason added. “That’s the mine field that goes with being a shock jock in the morning. It’s sad, but according to all accounts and I think it started last week, he’s going to fight as hard as he can.”