Bill Romanowski Fires Back Following Cris Carter's Bounty Admission

Louis Musto@LouisMustoContributor IIIMay 9, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 12:  Bill Romanowski #53 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after contributing to the win by recovering a fumble against the New York Jets during the AFC Division Playoff game at Network Associates Coliseum on January 12, 2003 in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won 30-10, sending them on to the AFC Championship game.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, former NFL wide receiver Cris Carter admitted to placing bounties (h/t to PFT’s Mike Florio) on opposing players during an appearance on ESPN’s Hill and Schlereth radio show.

Now, one of the players he claimed to target—former Denver Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski—has denied the claims that he ever threatened Carter’s career prior to a game in Minnesota and scoffed at the idea the Vikings receiver ever placed a bounty on him in an interview on The Dan Patrick Show.

Here is some of what Romanowski had to say (h/t to Michael David Smith):

It is absolute fiction. If he could read my mind in pre-game, yeah, maybe he had it right. But I didn’t talk before games. I was in the zone. I was focused. I was thinking everything I had to do to help our defense, to help our team win a football game. That’s all that mattered.

Romanowski went on to echo much of the sentiment that could be found among NFL fans following Carter’s claims, stating that he believed Carter was just trying to make himself relevant for what is going on now.

What the former linebacker has to say gives interesting light on Carter’s bombshell and the uproar his claims were able to stir—while potentially putting his bid to ever enter the Hall of Fame in jeopardy.

However, it is also important to note that Romanowski’s reputation as one of the NFL’s dirtiest players does not make him the most reliable source in dispute of Carter’s claims.

Anyone who knows the type of player Romanowski was—having been fined and suspended on numerous occasions throughout his career and forcing a teammate to retire after pulling his helmet off and crushing his eye socket during a scrimmage—will be hard-pressed to believe the most ruthless thing he ever said to an opposing player was, “You’re going down!”

Carter has since backtracked on his remarks, clarifying that there was never an intent to maim or injure an opposing player on ESPN's SportsCenter. He acknowledged his word choice was poor, but insisted that the bounty against Romanowski did work because he was able to make it out of the game healthy.

Whether either man is telling the truth is hard to tell at this point, but one thing is for certain: All of this bounty nonsense will not be ending any time soon.


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