New York sports radio personality Craig Carton strongly accused the New York Giants’ head coach, Joe Judge, of being “afraid” to go on his show. He went as far as saying that if he refused again in the future, there would be consequences.
Joe Judge, the head coach of the New York Giants, can only hope that his team’s stunning overtime win against Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints in Week 4 can get them back on track.
Listeners to WFAN, New York’s premier sports radio station, in the afternoon shouldn’t expect to hear Judge mention any of his team’s possible future wins anytime soon. Carton, Craig, who co-hosts the famous Carton & Roberts show every afternoon, has accused the Giants’ second-year head coach of skipping his show on purpose.
Joe Judge is scared to appear on ‘Carton & Roberts,’ according to Craig Carton.
Craig Carton (R) of WFAN radio accused New York Giants head coach Joe Judge of being “afraid” to come on his program | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images; Lars Niki/Getty Images for BMG
Carton and co-host Evan Roberts, unlike many other radio programs, seldom have guests on their show. Since the show’s debut in November 2020, only New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and former New York Mets manager Luis Rojas have made consistent weekly appearances.
Carton accused Judge of refusing to come on the program as a guest on the Oct. 6 episode of Carton & Roberts. The Giants, according to the veteran radio personality, were also a factor in his claimed choice not to phone in.
“He’s terrified of the afternoon show,” says the narrator. The New York Giants have declined to appear on our program, perhaps because they are afraid of the questions we would ask him about the New York Giants and their failures. … He is not going to be on our program. We inquired immediately, and the answer is no. In the afternoon, he’s scared to come on and speak to Giants supporters.”
Neither Judge nor the Giants have responded to Carton’s accusations as of publishing. The three-time Super Bowl winner has previously been on the station’s morning program, Boomer & Gio.
Judge made an appearance on Carton & Roberts on May 3, only days after the NFL draft concluded. Since then, he hasn’t phoned in or been in the studio.
Throughout the 2021 season, Carton has been harshly critical of Judge.
Despite the fact that none of them support the Giants (both are die-hard New York Jets supporters), the two have been frequently criticizing Judge in recent weeks. Carton accused Judge of believing he’s “smarter than everyone in the room” after the team’s Week 1 defeat to the Denver Broncos.
On Sept. 14, Carton stated, “He’s done nothing to make the Giants a division contender.” He also accused the Giants’ head coach of failing to recognize when plays could be called back.
Even a win in Week 4 couldn’t rescue Judge from Carton’s fury. Carton quipped that Judge purchased a “book of quotations” and read from it each week after update anchor Chris Lopresti aired an audio clip of the head coach emphasizing “process” and how outcomes are deceptive during an Oct. 4 news conference.
When questioned about quarterback Daniel Jones’ performance, Judge said without hesitation that the Duke product would continue to start and that media could do whatever they wanted with the information.
Carton encouraged, “You won a single game; enjoy it.” “Stop talking about high school coaches.”
The Giants and Judge both need to put this dispute to bed.
Joe Judge, head coach of the New York Giants, following a Week 3 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons | Getty Images/Jim McIsaac
Carton and Roberts haven’t been kind with their guests in their 11 months on air together. If you’re still unconvinced, just ask Roberts, a die-hard Mets fan who railed at Rojas throughout the 2021 season over the latter’s management choices.
It’s part of the job for journalists to criticize coaches and players, particularly in New York. Carton labeled Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton a “disgrace” earlier this summer, mostly because the superstar mainly played designated hitter, but he changed his tune after the 2017 National League MVP started playing on the field and hitting more home runs.
Joe Judge clearly has no qualms about coming on WFAN, as he spent almost 15 minutes on Boomer & Gio. Despite the fact that he is under no duty to appear on Carton & Roberts, the Giants organization may see the benefit in having him phone in for ten minutes and attempt to make amends.
Judge really wanted to be a part of the game and coach a New York sports team. It’s all part of the game to take the blows from the local sports media station.
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