We’ve documented the troubles that have befallen Quincy Carter over the years, not to heap scorn upon him but to highlight the difficulties and pains of making it as a quarterback in a world that, for some weird reason, looks down on drug addicts. We’re with you all the way, man! Hang on, I have to snort a mountain of cocaine.
Where were we? Ah yes, Quincy. He hasn’t forgotten his unceremonious release from the Dallas Cowboys a few years ago, and evidently, neither has his attorney. According to SPORTS RADIO INTERVIEWS (via THE SPORTING BLOG), Carter told WCNN that he’s still owed a couple bucks from the ‘Boys for wrongful termination (audio at link). Nothing much, nothing that, oh, five milly couldn’t fix:
I wouldn’t go out there and say I’m a victim. I’m a victim of my own mistakes. I am a victim of the rules. Rules are rules so let’s just play by the rules and that’s what the Cowboys and the NFL didn’t do. But I’ll be the first one to tell you, I have done what I’ve done to myself and I wouldn’t want to blame anybody for that. But the 5 million that the Cowboys owe me, it’s not fair to say they don’t owe me that money when they broke the rules.
Don’t read that more than once; you’ll go cross-eyed. He’s not a victim, but he is a victim of rules because they weren’t followed? I… what?
But back to the paltry, insignificant sum of $5 million, which we’re sure greedless Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would never miss. Carter’s actually got a little something to go on here, though it sounds like he had it explained to him once by a first-year law student a few months ago and he’s just running through the main points in his head (note: this is how we explain legal things too–we’re just saying he’s clearly not being advised or coached by an actual lawyer here):
There’s going to be some legal matters that I have to handle with the NFL in the next month so because I was wrongfully terminated with my contract with the Cowboys and also with the NFL. Everybody knows when the Cowboy released me, they particularly said they are not releasing me because of my play. That you can’t do in the NFL. You can’t release anybody for a drug test so when we went to court, they had to prove that I wasn’t good enough anymore. That is not what they initially said they released me for.”
There’s a glimmer of hope here for Carter, since no, you can’t release someone because of a positive drug test. That’s not to say that a cloudy cup of yellow joe gives a player protected status, but it just can’t be a sole determinant.
All Carter’ll have to prove is that Dallas’ first public statement is binding, something that his subsequent lack of an NFL career makes incredibly difficult. Best of luck with that, because $5 million buys enough yay to get the 1985 Mets through a long road trip.