Montreal receiver Duron Carter called the “Worst. Teammate. Ever.”

Duron Carter’s altercation with Rakeem Cato at practice this week is not the first time he’s rubbed teammates the wrong way.

Midway through the 2014, during a stretch where Montreal started the season 1-7, Carter ignited an eruption with players and coaches during a meeting with the receivers and quarterbacks. The shouting was so loud, an offensive lineman left his own meeting to try and put a stop to it.

“It could have come to fisticuffs. It was a blow up of disrespect. You don’t talk to coaches or players that way. You don’t be disrespectful. That’s where I ended up stepping in,” then-Alouettes head coach, Tom Higgins says. “You’re dealing with professional athletes and then you’re critiquing professional athletes, and sometimes they take it too harshly. Be a man about it because somebody has to have a final say.”

After the situation was diffused, the offence went out for a walk-through practice and Higgins addressed the Carter argument with the team. He challenged the players to find a way the team could move forward.

“This was a player situation. You can’t be disrespectful to teammates and expect them to be able to play and function together as a team or unit,” Higgins says.

Sources say there was a team vote held on whether or not players wanted Carter on the team.

“Could we trust him? Could we move ahead? Can we go forward? Could we believe in one another? You can only do that so many times,” Higgins says. “And this was one of those times that everybody was able to put it behind them. We’re going to be respectful to teammates and coaches. We’re going to know that in order for us to have success you have to work together as a team.”

Ultimately, the Alouettes were able to get past what Carter did.

“I thought in the short period of time I was there with Duron he matured a little bit. Obviously, there is talent, but along with talent comes responsibility and being part of the team,” Higgins says.

Carter’s history of clashing with teammates goes back to college. Coffeyville Community College quarterback, Cayden Cochran tweeted about the flamboyant receiver before the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Carter’s conduct is one of the reasons he didn’t last longer in the NFL after spending 2015 on the Colts practice roster. After word travelled south about Carter’s bumping incident with Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell earlier this season, an NFL source said:  “Doesn’t surprise me.”

CFL personnel men believe Carter could be a contributing receiver on lots of NFL teams. Heisman trophy winning quarterback, Troy Smith, who played with Carter for two seasons in Montreal, said, “He adds a different portion to the game that definitely needs to be seen on Sundays.”

The ability is there, as Carter’s CFL numbers demonstrate. But it’s clear the 25-year-old needs to learn to get along better with others. Said one former Alouette: “Worst. Teammate. Ever.”

Justin Dunk

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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17 Comments on Montreal receiver Duron Carter called the “Worst. Teammate. Ever.”

  1. Good article. Mtl needs a top to bottom overhaul. Hopefully the fans can hang on.

  2. Sea of Dead // September 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm //

    Yes, Carter is certainly a talented receiver when motivated but his problem has always been the huge void between his ears as demonstrated by the incident leading to a suspension this year.

  3. Carter only signed a one year contract probably hoping to show off enough to get another NFL shot. It sounds like his recent antics have probably killed any chance that an NFL team will even give him a look. If the Als are smart they’ll let him walk at season’s end too. Disharmony in the locker room is NOT conducive to long term success and the Als have been anything but successful this season.

  4. Would love to see him play with Smilin’ Hank. Any incompletion would be the other’s fault…….

    • Robin (from THE city) // September 12, 2016 at 8:46 am //

      You could just imagine the arguments on the field and on the bench.

      Would be terrific fun to watch…might be better than the game!!

  5. Stephen Fisher // September 9, 2016 at 6:49 pm //

    This incident was over 2 years ago. I would like to see some accurate reporting on what’s going on now

  6. I miss Ben Cahoon 🙁

  7. What’s going on:
    Cato blew his top over Carter’s antics.
    Here’s an interview with Rakeem. Although as a professional, Cato doesn’t insists that you limit questions to HIM, and not his teammates, pat attention to Zurkowski’s and others’ questions, Carter’s antics become pretty clear:

  8. As I learn more about Carter’s poisonality, I start to understand his output this season. In a couple games now, the opposition has paid special attention to Carter. In one, the defensive back assigned to him was his exact height and approximate size.
    Some of us KNOW what it’s like to have a size advantage over another player. Predictably, Carter DOMINATES in those situations.
    But when Carter is confronted with REAL opposition, he tends to disappear ENTIRELY.
    While I KNOW it pisses most everybody off….I felt EXACTLY the same way about Anthony Calvillo: GREAT against weaker Eastern Division teams…heck a BEAST of the EAST.
    But AC tended to CHOKE in Grey Cup Games against REAL powerhouses.
    Calvillo’s 3/8 GC record would seem to back me up on this.
    My point is, as you get closer to what SHOULD be your team’s ULTIMATE GOAL…some players lose their value to the team…they simply choke when faced with REAL pushback.
    THIS team will NEVER win a Cup with Carter on the roster.
    IMO that’s sufficient reason to cut ties with the guy…NOW.

    • I do not disagree with any of the statements that you have made. I do remember however watching an episode of A Football Life: Cris Carter. Now obviously there’s no disrespect to Cris Carter, but he admitted to himself – the best thing Buddy Ryan ever did was to cut and release him from the Eagles because he was also very stuck up, full of himself, and also leading a lifestyle that was very self-destructive. So like Cris when he was a younger receiver, and now his very immature son, Duron, I would hope with a bit more age, experience, and grace, and perhaps having to experience getting cut by a team, Duron will eventually smarten up. As they say, sometimes the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Having said all of that though, I think Montreal has made some very bad decisions regarding their roster of players, as well as staff cuts ever since AC retired. Jeff Garcia not being re-signed, and then signing a very unproductive Michael Sam, and then firing Higgins and replacing him with the loser that is Jim Popp, who has never had a winning record as a coach when he takes over from the start of a season.

    • Robin (from THE city) // September 12, 2016 at 9:06 am //

      Delvin Breaux during the 2014 eastern final had Carter covered so thoroughly that he pounted on the bench and had to be spoken to by teammates and coaches.

      Later, that same game, he got into a fist fight with a Hamilton player and cost his team a 15 yard penalty, over top of the interception and return that put Hamilton on the Als 10 yard line that resulted shortly afterward a major.

      He’s a liability.

      His father should raised a pile of trouble.

      He gets a job in the NFL, then I could be PM.

  9. I do not disagree with any of the statements that you have made. I do remember however watching an episode of A Football Life: Cris Carter. Now obviously there’s no disrespect to Cris Carter, but he admitted to himself – the best thing Buddy Ryan ever did was to cut and release him from the Eagles because he was also very stuck up, full of himself, and also leading a lifestyle that was very self-destructive. So like Cris when he was a younger receiver, and now his very immature son, Duron, I would hope with a bit more age, experience, and grace, and perhaps having to experience getting cut by a team, Duron will eventually smarten up. As they say, sometimes the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Having said all of that though, I think Montreal has made some very bad decisions regarding their roster of players, as well as staff cuts ever since AC retired. Jeff Garcia not being re-signed, and then signing a very unproductive Michael Sam, and then firing Higgins and replacing him with the loser that is Jim Popp, who has never had a winning record as a coach when he takes over from the start of a season.

  10. If you want Duron Carter to disappear, all you have to do is get Delvin Breaux to cover him. Just like he did in the playoffs a couple years ago. Carter was a non-factor against an NFL calibre player.

    • Paul Bomber // September 16, 2016 at 2:23 pm //

      He was a non-factor in his last game against Wpg. 27 yards or something like that… against some back-up rookie DBs. “NFL Calibre”, eh?

  11. Robin (from THE city) // September 12, 2016 at 8:40 am //

    Talent + laziness = average player.

  12. Paul Bomber // September 16, 2016 at 9:28 am //

    This is Wpg 3 years ago with Mike Kelly as coach and GM (a rookie @ both positions if I recall correctly). Someone hit the Gong … get a coach on the bench, give Carter a one-way ticket out of town, ask Wpg politely if you can have Kevin Glenn back and get in line with Sask and start thinking beyond the 2016 season.

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