CBS Radio Host Craig Carton Is Resigning As He Fights Federal Fraud Charges

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The management at CBS Radio will officially be looking for Boomer Esiason’s new sidekick on radio as his old one, Craig Carton, has officially resigned on Wednesday. Carton was arrested earlier in the month for allegedly swindling investors out of nearly six million dollars in order to pay his gambling debts.

One of Carton’s alleged victims, Brigade Capital Management was taken for nearly five million dollars by Carton and an accomplice by promising tickets to high status events such as Metallica, Barbara Striesand and Katy Perry concerts. Court documents also state that Carton forged the signatures of concert promoters and venue operators in an attempt to convince investors that he had access to them.

The embattled Carton released a statement via his twitter account:

“For 10 years I’ve had the great privilege of showing up to work every day at my dream job. I have nothing but love and respect for my co-host, the show and the entire CBS Radio family and I’ve always tried to represent them in the best possible light.

Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build. With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station and they accepted. I am sad to see this chapter of my life close but know that it will allow me to focus on my family, my well-being and clearing my name, while giving the show the best opportunity to succeed without further disruption.”

Despite the drama, Esiason said last Thursday that he loves his former co-host and that all he had heard that Carton had been suspended until further notice. The Boomer and Carton Show had been on the air in New York for a decade and had been simulcast in the mornings on CBS Sports Network.

The show has been going on without Carton as former NFL QB Phil Simms and Esiason’s new coworker on The NFL Today has filled in for Carton since his arrest. It is unknown when CBS Radio will name a permanent replacement for Carton.