Wednesday's Morning Mashup: Former WR Cris Carter says he offered bounties for protection

May 09, 2012 - 3:56 am

Welcome to Wednesday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. WEDNESDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (ESPN) NBA playoffs: Knicks at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT) NBA playoffs: Clippers at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (TNT) NHL playoffs: Rangers at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Former Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter said that he put bounties on opposing players, offering his teammates money to keep an eye an opponent if he was concerned that player was trying to hurt him. "I'm guilty of [bounties] -- I mean, first time I've ever admitted it -- but I put a bounty on guys before," Carter said Tuesday night on ESPN Radio's "Hill and Schlereth" program. "I put bounties on guys. If a guy tries to take me out, a guy takes a cheap shot on me? I put a bounty on him right now!" As an example, Carter mentioned former Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski. "Bill Romanowski -- he told me he was going to take me out before the game, warmups," Carter said. "No problem. [He said,] 'I'm gonna end your career, Carter.' No problem. "I put a little change on his head before the game. Protect myself. Protect my family. That's the league that I grew up in." Carter said he wasn't the only player to offer bounties, but he noted that the bounties he referred to weren't for injuries. "You have to realize the league we grew up in, the bounty was based on protection, or a big hit, excitement or for helping your team win. It wasn't to maim or hurt the dude," said Carter, who retired from the NFL following the 2002 season. "When a guy said he was going to hurt me, my recourse was to put a bounty on him to make sure." '™¦ Former Mets bat boy Kirk Radomski testified Tuesday that he shipped performance-enhancing drugs to Roger Clemens. Radomski, who admitted supplying steroids to major league players for more than decade, said he shipped HGH to Clemens' Houston home in 2003, and he said he recognized needles and steroid ampoules that Clemens' former trainer, Brian McNamee, gave investigators in 2008, saying they were used on the pitcher. "Those are unique to what I was getting," Radomski said. "Stuff like this comes in very small quantities into the country." '™¦ A day after Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels was suspended five games for acknowledging that he drilled Nationals rookie Bryce Harper on purpose, Washington general manager Mike RIzzo was disciplined by Major League Baseball for his comments about Hamels. Rizzo called Hamels "classless," "gutless" and "fake tough." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 9, 1989, which Red Sox catcher dropped a foul popup, ending his major league-record errorless streak of 159 games? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I feel awful the game ended the way it ended, because I thought [Rajon] Rondo willed us back into the game." -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers, after Rondo lost the ball and failed to get off a final shot in Tuesday's 87-86 loss to the Hawks STAT OF THE DAY: 4 -- Home runs for Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton in Tuesday's rout of the Orioles, tying a major league record 'NET RESULTS: Angels pitcher Jered Weaver, coming off his no-hitter vs. the Twins, helps David Letterman reveal the top 10 signs you'll never throw a no-hitter. Members of the Harvard baseball team have a little extra time on a road trip, which leads to this video. TRIVIA ANSWER: Rick Cerone SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Dave Prater, half of Sam & Dave, was born on this day in 1937. He's the one with the deeper voice.