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Wednesday's Mashup: Craig Carton releases statement on arrest, denies Ponzi scheme allegations

Lucy Burdge
September 13, 2017 - 7:16 am

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-- Craig Carton issued a statement on Tuesday denying the federal charges against him for which he was arrested last week. 

In a statement released by a spokeswoman, Carton thanked his supporters and vowed to return “stronger than ever.”

“I want to thank my family, friends and fans and especially [co-host] Boomer [Esiason] for the outpouring of public and private support I’ve received over the past few days,” the statement reads. “As you can imagine, it’s been incredibly hard to be silent while there is an endless stream of vitriol being hurled my way, but I’m confident that when the facts come out, you’ll see that I am not guilty of these charges. My fight has only just begun and I know when this strange episode is over, I’ll be back, stronger than ever. Thank you for all the kind words and good wishes as I continue on with one of the greatest battles of my life.”

Carton was arrested on Sept. 6 and charged with conspiracy and wire and securities fraud related to a Ponzi scheme he allegedly ran on a multi-million dollar ticket-reselling business. 

Carton’s lawyer, Robert C. Gottlieb, said in a statement last week that Carton "is a victim who was deceived, manipulated and used."

-- The Lakers have announced they are set to retire both of Kobe Bryant’s numbers, making him the first NBA player in history with two retired numbers. 

Bryant wore No. 8 from 1996 to 2006 and then wore No. 24 for the rest of his 20-year career with the Lakers. The numbers will be retired during a pregame ceremony before the Lakers take on the Warriors on Dec. 18. 

“Kobe’s jerseys are taking their rightful home next to the greatest Lakers of all time,” Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said. “There was never any doubt this day would come. The only question was when. Once again, Lakers fans will celebrate our hero, and once again, our foes will envy the legendary Kobe Bryant.”

Bryant is a five-time NBA champion, an 18-time All-Star and is the Lakers’ franchise leader in points (33,643), games played (1,346), 3-pointers (1,827), steals (1,944) and free throws (8,378). 

“As a kid growing up in Italy, I always dreamed of my jersey hanging in the Lakers rafters, but I certainly never imagined two of them,” Bryant said in a statement. “The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me, and I’m grateful for the fans’ enthusiasm around this game.”

Bryant will be the 10th player to have his jersey retired by the Lakers. 

"This honor is very well deserved," Lakers team president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson (whose number 32 is also retired by the team), said in a press release. "Kobe was one of the greatest Lakers and NBA players of all-time and he's definitely on my Mount Rushmore. I look forward to seeing BOTH of his jerseys be retired and celebrating this special day with Kobe and his family."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I was humiliated, to be honest with you."As far as talking about this, I've never said anything. You're the first person I've really talked to about this. I don't want to make it anything more than it is." -- Dennis Eckersley, on the Bradfo Show, speaking for the first time about the situation with David Price on the team airplane in June 

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