The CFL needs more Duron Carters, not less

Love him or hate him, Duron Carter is good for the CFL.

It’s nothing new to see the talented receiver dominate the news cycle in the Canadian Football League. Carter has done it since he entered the league as a Montreal Alouette. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s controversial and sometimes it’s bad. Where he falls in this cycle right now is a matter of opinion.

I have no reason not to believe 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk or any other reporter who reported on what might have happened this week in practice, but I do understand that from time-to-time fights do happen in not just professional football practices but professional sports in general. The rest of the details, we may never know for sure. Either way, that’s not what I’m writing about.

What this is about is Carter not being afraid to be himself. We live in a time where many athletes don’t want to be themselves when dealing with the media or sharing their thoughts on social media. When it comes to Carter, what you see is what you’re going to get. You won’t always like it, but you know what? You’re going to pay attention, and that’s the point. Today’s athlete often won’t say what’s really on their mind to avoid attention from the other teams. Some people within the media get upset about it too. I will admit I’ve been guilty of it myself, but I’m trying to be better in that regard. That doesn’t necessarily mean that every fan or media member has to agree with whatever is being said, but there’s a difference between disagreeing with someone and attacking them for sharing their thoughts.

This doesn’t mean that Carter hasn’t made his mistakes along the way. Find me someone who hasn’t? I know I have.

Whatever you might think about Carter, he’s got you paying attention to the CFL this week and that’s a good thing. Now, another guy who is pretty good at the social media thing, Bo Levi Mitchell, is getting into it with Carter after we learned that he’s apparently going to play cornerback and receiver on Friday against Calgary.

Is Carter actually going to play regular snaps on defence Friday? It’s entirely possible head coach Chris Jones is just playing mind games with Calgary, it’s also possible he’s not. Either way, Mitchell and Carter had some fun with it online Wednesday and that’s a good thing.

We need more of this, as long as it’s genuine. There are players who legitimately keep to themselves and that’s cool too. All we ask is for players to be themselves. There’s been back and forths on Twitter involving team official accounts over the last few years that felt forced and scripted. That isn’t good either.

You may like Carter, you might not, either way, you probably have an opinion on him and that’s a good thing. Feeling something toward an athlete makes you pay attention and that’s what the CFL needs. If only we could find a few more like him.

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