Cris Carter has a few choice words for Sidney Rice

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Sidney Rice #18 of the Minnesota Vikings makes a reception against Randall Gay #20 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

While I would classify it as “ripping” the young receiver, former Viking Cris Carter was a little testy that Sidney Rice didn’t show up to Larry Fitzgerald’s football camp this year. Rice did so last year and praised Carter and Fitzgerald for his breakout season (83 catches, 1,312 yards, 8 touchdowns) in 2009.

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

“I don’t know,” Carter said. “You have to ask him. I don’t know what it’s like to have one good year and then disappear. I don’t know what it’s like. That’s on him. I really don’t know. … If I had that kind of impact on him he should have been here today.”
Carter’s response prompted another media member to ask if he is mad that Rice has not returned to workout with the group.

“I don’t look mad do I?” he said. “I don’t get mad about kids coming or not coming. Larry is the only one who invited me. Larry is the only one but some people in Kansas City as far as their administration kind of knew I was going to be here. We kind of let them know that I would be here for [receiver Dwayne] Bowe. But I’m here for Larry. Everybody else is just getting the benefit of our relationship. But Sidney is not here so I guarantee he’s not getting no better today.”

You’d think that if the camp helped transform Rice into the player he was last year that he’d do it again. But he has reportedly been dealing with a lingering hip injury too, so maybe that has something to do with it (and probably does).

Either way, Carter is probably just trying to motivate Rice.

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