Everybody get your shocked faces ready.
According to a story on Pro Football Talk, it appears that the reason that Cris Carter did not reach the Hall of Fame this time around, as we speculated, has nothing to do with his career achievements and everything to do with a personal grudge somebody has against him.
The following two tweets come from Howard Eskin, a sports reporter out of Philadelphia. Got those shocked faces ready?
WR Cris Carter didn't make the Pro Football HOFI was told b cause female voter has personal problem w CC. Cost 4 votes. Missed by 1.— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) February 11, 2012
To be clear people close to WR Cris Carter were told by someone involved with HOF voters how he got screwed getting in— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) February 11, 2012
If this is even remotely true, then whoever this individual is needs to have their asses kicked off of the Hall of Fame voting committee ASAP. Whether an individual is worthy of induction to football's biggest shrine should have not one damn thing to do with the fact that someone doesn't think he's a very nice person. Yeah, Cris Carter probably wasn't a very nice person. . .he may have even been a complete prick.
He's also one of the greatest players in the history of the National Football League. Period. And, again, if you're going to take all the pricks out of Canton, you're going to be left with one large, mostly empty building.
Now, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website, there are only two female voters on the Hall of Fame voting committee. One of them is Nancy Gay, the San Francisco representative from FoxSports.com, and the other is an "at-large" voter named Charean Williams from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. (I'm not sure how updated that list is, as Dan Wiederer is now the Minnesota representative and not Sid Hartman for example, but I wouldn't think that the number of female voters on the committee would have increased that much from 2011 to 2012. Not attempting to be sexist or anything, but that's just the way the committee is composed and sort of the nature of the beast when it comes to sports writing.) Now, I'm not saying that their credibility is pretty much shot if this somehow turns out to be even a little bit true, but. . .well, I don't have an honest way to finish that sentence, so I guess that's exactly what I'm saying after all, isn't it?
Once again, it appears that at least one person has the concept of being a Hall of Fame-worthy football player confused with being a nice person, and it cost Cris Carter his rightful spot in Canton. This is part joke, part outrage, and all something that needs to be corrected before it affects anyone again.