Stopping Traffic

By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 5, 2009

Carter played a couple more games as Chad Pennington's backup in New York, then flamed out. He bounced on and off teams in all sorts of places, from the CFL to the Arena League and beyond, and each time ended up leaving because of marijuana-related arrests and/or drug problems. This year, he had several run-ins with the law, including a DUI and a probation violation. In June, after hooking on with what looked to be his last-chance team, the Abilene Ruff Riders of the Indoor Football League, he was busted again for failing to pay a bail bondsman. He then blew off a big game on July 4 and got cut.

Now Carter has yet another warrant out for his arrest, this time for failing to appear at hearings for marijuana charges and the DUI. Give him 43 points total for the DUI and the rest of his latest antics — something tells me we haven't heard the last of Quincy in these pages.


HANDS BACK ON DECK

Speaking of Florida State, it behooves us here, in the interest of fairness, to report that Seminoles wide receiver Richard Goodman has had charges that he threw a chair in a bar fight — a toss that broke a woman's face — dropped. The state attorney's office announced last week that it would dismiss the felony-battery charge against Goodman due to lack of evidence and the fact that there was "no reasonable likelihood of securing a conviction" against him.

This is good news for Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, who lost an improbable number of wideouts to arrests, off-field trouble, and injury. Now, he gets at least one back, as he announced last week that Goodman "will be reinstated to the team immediately."

Matt Taibbi can be reached atm_taibbi@yahoo.com.

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