Riders fans boo’d Duron Carter upon his return to Regina.
By no means did Carter want to leave the prairie province. The star receiver was forced to leave and the boos were unwarranted.
Carter was released by Saskatchewan’s football club on August 11, 2018.
During the 2017 season, his first in green and white, Carter led the Riders in 2017 with 1,043 receiving yards and nine touchdowns (including one on defence) during the regular season, earning him the Riders Most Outstanding Player award. He re-signed for the 2018 season in January. Carter was due to make $144,000 in hard money throughout that year.
Carter made eight receptions for 111 yards in seven games on the season while recording 13 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown plus one knockdown as a defensive back. That was prior to being cut by then-head coach and general manager Chris Jones who had full reigns over Carter. The move caught Carter by surprise.
“It’s professional football so you gotta take it how it comes and that’s how it came this time. I don’t hold any grudges or anything.,” Carter said after being let go.
“I’m sorry I disappointed them because those are the people that I really play for. I play for the fans, it’s fun for me being out there having people screaming your name and scoring touchdowns for them, just doing a whole bunch of joy. I’m sorry for disappointing them.”
All Carter wanted was to make the fans happy in Saskatchewan like when he gave one young supporter the touchdown ball from his spectacular back-handed touchdown grab. Carter deserved better from the Riders’ faithful.