Michael Irvin Eviscerates Cris Carter on Radio: "He Was Out of Line Then. His Ass Is Out of Line Now."
Whoa, I can't even imagine how hot you were about that. I'm surprised that you're on here saying how much you love Cris Carter in spite of that. I guess that speaks to your forgiveness.
I understand the difficulty of what he's trying to do. That's why I'm telling you. He wants to help, and I understand that. But he has to meet with people; he has to talk with people. I meet with doctors that meet with players that have substances issues. I meet with them. I meet with these doctors, I talk to these doctors; I talk about issues these guys are going through, and the worst thing you can do sometimes is to isolate them. I would never say on-air, given the position I'm given, that a team should cut somebody unless I get it from his professional help that separation and isolation will give him a revelation about his situation. But I get that from the doctor -- not a football player, not anybody upstairs -- I get it from the doctor, and I don't repeat it and I don't say it. Period.
Michael Irvin with us here on ESPN Radio. I'm wondering: Did you confront Cris after your wife told you that story?
I never said that; I never told him that. Nope. Never confronted him with it because I know, just because he spoke it doesn't make it reality, and it wasn't going to be my reality in that situation. But in this situation, because people know that Josh talks with Cris, it will seem to somebody trying to infer that Cris is on the doctors sessions and the recovery sessions and he's making this statement. That's when I said, Cris, if he makes that statement, if he wants to say, you know, I know the best thing that happened to me was being released, then you make that statement. If that's the truth, then that's the truth. Share the truth. If you're in the sessions, say, hey I'm in on the sessions with him, I'm with his therapist and boy, I think they need to cut him, and you can share that. But if you don't got that kind of information, you can't say that, you can't say that because people think he's in on the sessions and that's not reality. I just thought it was a little shaky and scary.
I'm just curious how react to what is the knee-jerk judgment reaction of many a fan and many a media member saying: Man, Josh Gordon, what an idiot.
That's the problem, Dan. That's the problem. I understand that and that's why I told you this is a brain disease. I don't mind you calling him an idiot. Call him an idiot, I was idiot, call it what you want, you know what I mean? That's not the issue. Fans aren't the problem. Fans call him whatever you want. But you can't be inside or portraying to be inside or portraying to be helping recovery and make those kinds of statements. That's all I'm saying. I know Cris. Cris does a great job doing what he tries to do. But you've gotta be careful of those things. I talk to the doctor, I talked to Dr.Underwood today about this. Because I don't want to go and say stuff that is not reality and I said, Doc, make sure I'm right on this. We can not, we can not make blanket statements when it comes to recovery. He says, it's the worst thing in the world you can do. Because what we're seeing is that the substance is just the fruit of the issue. The real issue that you're trying to get to is the root of the issue. Why are we reverting to the substance and the root of the issue, if I hadn't been hearing some of the things that I'd been hearing, the root of the issue is why are we doing this? It's not just that we're doing it, it's why are we doing it. What happened in your history -- tell me your story -- that makes you revert to this. So you gotta go uproot the root. Now, I have heard Josh talk about some of the things in his history. The way you can tell a kid or anybody is not anywhere near recovery: You won't hear anything about what has happened in his history, you will just hear that he keeps saying, I promise I'm not going into addiction, I promise I'm not going into addiction. But the fact that a guy is sharing some of the issues that he had with his family, it's saying he's on his road to recovery. It may not happen when you want it to happen -- it's not about you. It may not happen when the NFL wants it to happen -- it's NOT about the NFL and it may not happen when the Cleveland Browns fans want it to happen and it's NOT about them either. It's about that kid. It's about that damn kid and we can't be making blanket statements like that and yes I am upset about it and yes, I didn't address Cris about mine, but I will address him about this. I will see him and I will address him about this because I think he has to be careful. He has to be careful.
After the interview, Twitter itself was hot.
That Michael Irvin interview, wow. Just heard it. Powerful stuff— Giancarlo Mattei (@GiancarloMattei) July 9, 2014
Michael Irvin just snapped— Dream Killa (@wishinguwereme) July 8, 2014
Michael Irvin just Germany'd Chris Carter's Brazil. Pause. But that just happened.— Superspade (@SirCoach) July 8, 2014
Michael Irvin lit Cris Carter the bleep up. Get them a boxing ring.— Roy Bellamy (@roybelly) July 8, 2014
Michael Irvin just basically confirmed that Chris Carter is the worst of scumbags. Already seemed that way, but yeah. That's foul.— Superspade (@SirCoach) July 8, 2014
Holy smoke Michael Irvin....you'll hear about the story he shared about Cris Carter real soon— Matt Brodsky (@MattSBrodsky) July 8, 2014
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