A priest, a rabbi, an atheist and a Trappist monk walk into a bar. Bartender says, “What is this, a joke?”
Yes, a bad joke. The same one, too.
Former Vikings star wide receiver Cris Carter — given to outrageous on-air takes, first with HBO and ESPN then Fox — is out at Fox, the reason, apparently a serious one, not disclosed. But the question isn’t so much why he was fired but why he was hired.
That Carter remained with ESPN despite being the NFL’s choice — along with foul-mouthed career reprobate and NFL Network hire Warren Sapp, to “mentor” NFL rookies at a summer 2014 symposium — remains the kind of bad-joke that TV and the NFL now regularly present rather than prevent.
Choosing Carter and Sapp, the latter sacked by NFLN after an arrest for soliciting a prostitute, to advise rookies on social conduct was like hiring the law firm of Null & Void.