Georgia football has very few players with character issues, and the one with the least amount of those “issues is Jalen Carter. After ESPN’s Todd McShay suggested that Carter had character issues on air, it was a shock because the young man has never been one to get in trouble. Maybe it happened behind closed doors, but to go on air and publicly blast a young man was tasteless.
There were claims that he had sources that told him this, but he wouldn’t give up those sources. As journalists, we get not give up sources, but when the comments are almost slanderous, shouldn’t they unveil those people? Carter is one of the leaders on this Georgia team, and he is far from someone with character issues.
Georgia goes after high-character players — the years of having a lot of disciplinary issues are not in head coach Kirby Smart’s culture. These alleged issues that McShay says Carter has is so out of the left field it caused an uproar on social media. Maybe that is what McShay wanted all along — some attention, but these comments come extremely close to crossing the line.
Jalen Carter does not have character issues — he is a Georgia football leader by example.
It’s mind-boggling why anyone would think that Carter has character issues. Outside the little bit of smack talk before the Missouri game, Carter stays away from attention. His football production gives him enough attention, and he doesn’t need to do anything else.
Here is the entire clip of what McShay said about Carter:
The weirdest thing is he says this but keeps him as the No.2 overall prospect. So wouldn’t character issues make him drop? One of the Georgia reporters helped make some sense of it, and after reading his tweet, it seems that is what McShay is doing. I cannot say that is what he is doing, but it makes sense.
The audacity someone has to have to suggest Carter has character issues is just sad. Who would want to pull a good kid down when he is a total team player? Carter is also someone that gives back to his community in Florida. Where do these “issues” come from? Brooks Austin is probably right, which is why I included that above tweet, but it just feels like bad business for someone to spread rumors about someone that is so blatantly false.
He sponsors kids’ festivals in his hometown and Carter also did a backpack drive with his mother before the school year. That stuff is from Carter, and he constantly gives back to his community, but sure he seems to have character issues.
There is nothing about Carter that should suggest he is problematic. He is the furthest thing from being an issue for the Dawgs. Hopefully, none of these franchises listen to McShay’s ridiculous statements because Carter does far more good in the world. He would be an ideal player for any franchise because he cares so much about giving back and sharing with others. Carter doesn’t have character issues — he is the walking definition of what a football player’s character should be.