Boomer Esiason: CBS Radio Scrubbed All Traces of Carton, Changed Show Name

Boomer EsiasonCBS Radio Scrubbed All Traces of Carton… Changed Show Name

9/14/2017 6:02 AM PDT

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CBS Radio wasted no time removing all evidence that Craig Carton ever worked at WFAN — with his old broadcasting partner, Boomer Esiason, even announcing the name of his show has changed.

It all went down less than 24 hours after Craig Carton announced his resignation from the “Boomer & Carton Show” — one of the top sports radio shows in the country.

Of course, Carton is being investigated by the feds for allegedly running a bogus multi-million dollar concert ticket scheme to pay back massive casino debts.

Boomer says the resignation is a good thing — and he hopes Carton will be able to save his family and his career.

Esiason says the show is now called “The Morning Show with Boomer” — and he even joked about how quickly CBS Radio people scrubbed the place of all traces of his former partner.


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Madonna feared fanatic could get her DNA from auctioned underwear

Madonna has no qualms about giving away her undies — just don’t try to auction them off.

The Material Girl said in a deposition in her suit against Gotta Have It! online auction house that she couldn’t say how many boyfriends she’d given her underwear to — but that the intimate gifts themselves weren’t the reason she sued.

“It’s the auctioning that’s the problem, not the giving of the underpants,” Madonna said of where she draws the panty line.

Madonna gave her underwear to the ex-con Peter Shue during a fling in the 1990s. Shue revealed to the Daily News he’d put the undies up for bid because they had no sentimental value — but Madonna successfully blocked bids on the panties, arguing that a fanatic could obtain her DNA.

Madonna wants judge to keep personal information secret

“If Mr. Shue received my panties, it never occurred to me that he would ever auction them off. So I was not concerned about my DNA,” Madonna said.

Madonna also blocked bids on an array of other personal items, which she alleged were stolen from her by a former friend and art consultant, Darlene Lutz.

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The Material Girl said that she couldn’t remember how many sets of underwear she had given to boyfriends over the years, and couldn’t recall if the pair being auctioned off were actually hers.

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But in the deposition conducted last month in a Times Square office, Madonna admits she is unsure of whether many of the items at issue were actually hers to begin with.

Other items up for bid just made her uncomfortable — like a used hairbrush.

Ex-con selling Madonna’s panties that she gave him in 1994

“Well, it is my hair,” Madonna said. “It’s creepy.”

One of the most high-profile items in the auction — a letter from Tupac Shakur to Madonna explaining why he ended their relationship — also remained the subject of mystery.

“I certainly remember receiving the letter. I certainly remember reading the letter. However, over the years, I haven’t been thinking about it,” Madonna said.

But a lawyer grilling Madonna said Lutz had testified the note was never opened.

Madonna’s former friend says singer gave away auction items

Last week, the Vogue star’s attorneys had sought to keep much of her testimony under seal, arguing some of it was private and did not pertain to the case. Lutz’s attorney, Judd Grossman, maintained the testimony revealed the items up for bid were not rightfully Madonna’s.

“Now that the truth has come out in discovery, including through Madonna’s own deposition testimony, we are confident that the court will lift the temporary stay and allow the sale to proceed,” he said.

An email to Madonna’s attorney was not returned.

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Matt Harvey aware he's in poor standing with Mets

CHICAGO — Matt Harvey was mad.

The righthander stormed through the clubhouse to stand in front of his locker and face questions about his night, about his journey back from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.

He glared at reporters and challenged questions, but the 29-year old was mad at himself.

“It’s kind of hard to take any positives out of the last two years for me. It’s extremely frustrating,” Harvey said after the Mets’ 17-5 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. “It’s hard going out there and not doing what I can to help this team win.

“All in all it’s extremely frustrating,” Harvey snapped. “That’s all you can say about tonight.”

While he tries to remain positive through this battle back from his second major surgery in three years, Harvey has always known the results aren’t there.

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Matt Harvey knows he has to improve to prove to Mets he can be part of their future plans.

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Wednesday night, however, was the first time he admitted how angry it is making him.

It was reminiscent of Harvey back in 2013 or 2015 when he had a bad outing.

He even brought back his old saying: “I am going to take my 24 hours and be angry about this one, there are still three starts to go and just be better.”

But there are questions about how much better Harvey can be going forward. This winter the Mets face a big decision with Harvey in a less than ideal situation.

His value could not be lower, but this, his final year of arbitration before free agency, was when the Mets had eyed trading him. GM Sandy Alderson has said he won’t likely make trades when his players values are down.

The combination of bad pitching and outside distractions has left Matt Harvey in poor standing with the Mets.

The combination of bad pitching and outside distractions has left Matt Harvey in poor standing with the Mets.

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The Mets paid him $ 5.127 million this year and they will have to offer something similar or better going into his final year of arbitration. They would have to hope his struggles are from the TOS surgery he had last June and he is motivated by being in his walk year. They could also simply not offer him a contract and let him walk. Mets sources described non-tendering Harvey is “highly unlikely,” at this point.

Harvey knows he’s put himself in this situation not only with his struggles on the mound, but off-the-field issues like when he was suspended by the team in May for not showing up for a game.

“That’s obviously not easy, I don’t want to leave the Mets, I don’t want to not play in New York, it’s not at all that I want to leave, but that’s the business,” Harvey said last month as he neared his comeback. “It’s kind of maturing and learning the ins and outs of baseball and realizing especially this year, seeing guys like Curtis Granderson, who loved playing here and who loved playing in New York now he’s helping the Dodgers, you realize that’s always a possibility.

“I never wanted to imagine it would be, but with the injuries I’ve had some of the other outside distractions that I have caused, which I am not proud of, it makes those decisions easier for management,” Harvey continued. “It sucks, but it’s the way it is. The only thing I can do is move forward and try to put myself in the best position to help this team win and whatever decisions they make, I will just have to deal with it.”

Wednesday night, Harvey was charged with five runs on seven hits, he walked four and struck out one. His velocity, a problem after TOS surgery, was good. He touched 96 miles an hour. The hits were not hard-contact hits, but his command was not good, and he labored.

Matt Harvey is long removed from his days as one of the best young pitchers in baseball.

Matt Harvey is long removed from his days as one of the best young pitchers in baseball.

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“It’s gonna be hard, it’s gonna be tough, but he can handle it,” Terry Collins said. “Nobody knows what the road back was going to be like. There is no real set experience with a lot of guys who had (TOS).”

This whole journey has been laborious for Harvey. He has tried being patient. Wednesday night, he was tired and frustrated and he let it show.

“It’s very tough, there is not much else to say. It’s been very hard, a very tough year. A very tough two years,” Harvey said. “A lot of work is going in and it’s not paying off. And it’s becoming very frustrating for me.”

Harvey barely held his anger in check Wednesday night. The frustration is obvious. He’s not talking about positives anymore, Harvey wants to see results. The Mets need to see that, too.  

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Esiason talks Craig Carton resignation on newly rebranded show

Welcome to “The Morning Show with Boomer.”

The ex-Jets quarterback opened his re-branded WFAN radio show Thursday by dealing with the news that his long-time partner Craig Carton had resigned amid Ponzi scheme charges.

“I think it’s a good move for Craig,” Esiason said of the Wednesday night announcement, “and I think for he and his family he has to focus supremely on that. That’s the one thing he has to take care of and that’s the one thing we want him to do, we want him and his family to get through this. He’s going to have to put all his energy in that.”

Carton, who had partnered with Esiason for 10 years on the popular “Boomer & Carton” morning show, was arrested and charged last week with running a ticket-sale Ponzi scheme.

“Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build,” Carton said in a statement. “With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station and they accepted.”

Esiason called it a “a sad day,” but admitted “by resigning he takes a lot of pressure off all of us here at WFAN.”

Craig Carton is pictured leaving federal court on September 6, 2017 in New York.

Craig Carton is pictured leaving federal court on September 6, 2017 in New York.

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After saying that he would not be surprised to “someday, somewhere, somehow” find Carton back behind a microphone, Esiason said “we have to move forward.”

“The Boomer and Carton chapter is now closed here,” he added.

The studio even got a quick overnight makeover.

“They came in here and scrubbed this studio,” Esiason told his audience about his new-look digs. “Anything that Craig was part of in studio unfortunately has been taken down … they almost took everything down of me, by the way.”

There was one light-hearted moment when a new jingle for the show was played … “Boomer and Boomer!”

Back page of New York Daily News for September 7, 2017.

Back page of New York Daily News for September 7, 2017.

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“It’s the end of Boomer and Carton,” Esiason added, “and for 10 years I sat next to somebody who I think, and I still believe this, is one of the great radio personalities that we’ll have ever seen.”

He ended the opening segment by saying, “I wish Craig and his family nothing but the best.”

In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, federal authorities allege that the sports radio host tried to raise millions of dollars in 2016 to pay gambling debts to casinos and others.

Carton, 48, remains free on $ 500,000 bail.

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Giants need to improve on third down, starting with Eli Manning

Eli Manning confirmed on Wednesday that he will retire by the year 2032.

Manning said his calendar is cleared to reunite in 15 more years with his 2007 Super Bowl teammates, just not at Monday night’s 10-year anniversary celebration for the home opener against Detroit.

“I’ll be there for the 25th anniversary,” Manning joked. “I don’t think I’ll be playing for that long.”

Manning has too much on his mind and on his plate to celebrate. He is too busy trying to win a Super Bowl ring to focus on his first. And he is especially distracted because the beginning of his quest for a third championship was as forgettable as they come:

Three points, an interception, a 78.8 quarterback rating, and a 16-point loss to a division rival. Is he at least optimistic that it can’t get any worse?

“It can always get worse,” Manning said, smiling. “It can always get worse. So I won’t say that, but hopefully it can get a lot better.”

Eli Manning expressed that the Giants need to improve on third-down conversions.

Eli Manning expressed that the Giants need to improve on third-down conversions.

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If it’s going to improve, Manning is going to have to play better — not just his offensive line.

He stressed that in his opinion, after watching the film, one of the offense’s biggest problems was “we didn’t have the ball long enough” because “we didn’t convert on third downs.”

But Manning has to own his part of the blame for the Giants’ measly 3-for-10 third-down conversion rate, excluding the meaningless final drive when the Cowboys’ defense had softened and dropped.

It is one of the more worrisome facts of the loss: the offense had problems everywhere, including with its QB.

GM Jerry Reese signed 6-4 wide receiver Brandon Marshall and drafted 6-3 tight end Evan Engram specifically to help the Giants convert on third downs and on red-zone opportunities. But Manning was just 1-for-4 on conversions when targeting Marshall and Engram on third downs.

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If the Giants’ offense is going to take a step forward, it’ll begin with their quarterback.

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The Giants offense went 0-for-5 on third down in the first half, including three-and-outs on the first two possessions, which Manning said made “everybody … a little tense.” Pressure up front was a trend.

Cowboys end DeMarcus Lawrence sacked Manning on his first 3rd-and-4 by running a stunt to confuse right tackle Bobby Hart and right guard John Jerry. Lawrence again blasted by Hart to force an incompletion on a 3rd-and-5. Manning avoided the sack but threw incomplete, and Jerry was called for holding anyway.

The next 3rd-and-4 was Manning’s fault: linebacker Sean Lee made a great play to recognize the play, but Manning still shouldn’t have thrown behind the first-down marker. Sterling Shepard gained two yards. Punt.

On the next 3rd-and-13, Manning threw a 1-yard pass to Shane Vereen after feeling pressure from only a three-man Cowboys rush, with a corner blitzing late untouched. But then Manning completely missed a wide-open Marshall on a 3rd-and-2 against zone coverage. Pressure moved Manning off his spot, but that was no excuse.

The offense rebounded by going 3-for-4 on third downs in the third quarter: Manning completed 22 yards to Roger Lewis Jr. on 3rd-and-11 with time to throw; he hit Engram quickly for five yards running across on 3rd-and-3, and after throwing just six yards to Lewis on 3rd-and-13 in the red zone, Manning’s offense converted a 3rd-and-1 on a power run by Orleans Darkwa with fullback Shane Smith leading the way.

Eli Manning can improve, but the offensive line needs to offer him better protection.

Eli Manning can improve, but the offensive line needs to offer him better protection.

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The fourth quarter, however, brought more frustration. Ben McAdoo inexplicably used an empty backfield set on a 3rd-and-1, and Engram had a pass knocked out of his hands in tight coverage. A roughing the passer penalty kept the drive alive, but their third-down woes continued.

On 3rd-and-12, both right tackle Hart and left tackle Ereck Flowers got burnt immediately. Manning made a great step up to avoid a sack, but then Marshall dropped a pass into the left flat. The ball was slightly behind him but hit Marshall directly in his left hand, and the receiver should have turned his body upfield already anyway. There was no excuse for the drop.

Manning threw his support behind his beleaguered offensive line: “They know I’ve got their back and we’ll be alright.” He continued to back McAdoo: “I have confidence in the offense.”

But if he wants that third Super Bowl ring, all of them will need to be better, especially on third down — starting with the quarterback.

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Afrojack Drops $100k on Birthday Bling for Himself and His Crew

AfrojackDrops $ 100k on Bday, Anniv. Chains

9/14/2017 12:20 AM PDT

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Afrojack didn’t just ice up his own neck for his birthday, he made sure his whole crew was shining … even though it cost him SIX figures! Best. Friend. Ever.

The Dutch DJ ordered 5 chains with custom Afrojack logo pendants made with white gold and diamonds. He bought one for himself, but the other 4 went to his closest friends. A source close to Afrojack tells us it was a thank-you for supporting him during his 10 years in the biz.

We’re told each of the 5 pieces cost $ 20k — and Afrojack hit up celeb jeweler Ben Baller of IF & Co. because he was impressedbyLil Uzi Vert‘s new chain. The goodies were delivered last weekend to his 30th bday bash in Holland.

Talk about a happy customer … we’re told Afrojack ordered 5 more for other members of his entourage.

We’re saying he’s spending like there’s “No Tomorrow” — his new track — but he’s got stacks for days.


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Joe Girardi isn’t concerned about hurting players' feelings

Jaime Garcia clearly was not thrilled to get hooked by Joe Girardi in the fifth inning on Wednesday, avoiding eye contact with his manager and muttering to himself as he left the mound.

Dellin Betances offered a similar displeased reaction when he was pulled three innings later.

Girardi does not give a flying hoot, however, nor should he, about anyone’s feelings or personal goals — be it pitchers or position players — as he attempts to navigate the Yankees back into the postseason over the final two-and-a-half weeks of the regular season.

That’s simply the way it has to be, whether any players or team observers believe otherwise.

“I had a couple of difficult choices today…but those were decisions I felt like I had to make,” Girardi reasoned after the Yanks held on for a 3-2 edging of the Rays to conclude their hurricane-shifted “road” series at Citi Field. “It’s not always going to work. I’m not always going to be right. But I’ve got to make the moves that I believe in my heart.

“This is all about winning games now. This is not about numbers or when you pitch. It’s when we need you, that’s when we need you, and do your job.”

Joe Girardi is managing strictly for wins — just as he should be.

Joe Girardi is managing strictly for wins — just as he should be.

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Garcia had done that much on Wednesday and appeared as if he’d finally be in line to secure his first win since the Yanks acquired him from Minnesota on July 29. The veteran lefty was nursing a 3-1 lead and recorded two quick outs in the fifth, before Lucas Duda’s single prompted Girardi to turn to lights-out middle man Chad Green.

Granting Garcia a crack at completing five innings to qualify for a win correctly was the last thing on Girardi’s mind.

“There’s a time for that. But I don’t think September when you’re four games out (of first place) is the time for that,” Girardi said. “Early in the season, I probably would’ve left him in. June, July, I probably would’ve left him in. But you start to get to this point, and you have to make some personal sacrifices for the team.”

After returning to the dugout, Girardi was shown having a lengthy conversation with Garcia and relayed that same message.

“I was explaining to him what I felt like I had to do,” said Girardi, whose contract expires at season’s end. “I tell all my players, ‘Hey, I don’t want you to want to come out. I want you to want to stay in. I don’t ever really take too much in the heat of the moment. I want competitors, and if they get hot, I’ve told them, ‘I understand if you’re mad at me. I get it.’ It’s days after (if they’re still mad), that’s when that’s an issue. But I was happy he didn’t want to come out.”

Jaime Garcia wasn

Jaime Garcia wasn’t happy about getting yanked early by Joe Girardi.

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Garcia hadn’t pitched since Aug. 30 because he’d been skipped in his previous turn. He said he actually “appreciated” the frank talk from the manager, while stressing he was “more disappointed in the situation and myself” than angry at Girardi.

“There’s some emotions going on, but I don’t think I’ve ever been pleased when a manager takes me out of a game,” Garcia admitted. “The important thing was for the team to win and for us to get to October.”

Girardi similarly had pulled CC Sabathia in favor of David Robertson in the fifth inning of Monday’s series-opening win. That’s the game-shortening flexibility and depth GM Brian Cashman has provided with the Yanks’ retooled bullpen following the trade for Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from Chicago before the deadline.

Not to mention the emergence of Green as a strikeout machine and another dominant weapon, with 99 Ks now in 64 innings for the year.

“That’s a lot of it, too,” Girardi said of the decision, adding that Robertson was unavailable. “(Green) has been outstanding. He’s been as good as anyone in our bullpen.”

Dellin Betances was the latest Yankees pitcher who was unhappy about handing the ball over to his manager.

Dellin Betances was the latest Yankees pitcher who was unhappy about handing the ball over to his manager.

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Regardless, the more curious decision was pulling Betances with a runner on first and two down with the two-run lead intact in the eighth. Girardi turned to Chapman against righty-swinging Steven Souza for a potential four-out save — less than a week after he’d regained the closer’s role over the weekend in Texas — and the $ 85 million flamethrower was shaky again before striking out the side in the ninth, including Duda to seal it with 102-mph heat.

Still, Betances also fully appeared miffed to be yanked, even if there was no dugout chat this time with Girardi. The four-time All-Star also had cleared out of the clubhouse by the time the media finished grilling the manager.

“I didn’t have a chance to, I’ll talk to him (Thursday),” Girardi said. “Again, that’s a competitor. He wants to be out there. That’s a good thing. I’m OK with that.”

Just as everyone needs to be cool with that sort of team-first thinking the rest of the way, an approach Girardi estimated he’s operated under “for at least the last three or four weeks.”

With 14 of the final 17 games slated for the Bronx, trying to make up ground on Boston in the division race and/or securing the first wild-card spot must remain the only priorities.

Girardi can’t otherwise care about anyone’s feelings here. And he doesn’t. 

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Selena Gomez Underwent Kidney Transplant, Donor Best Friend Francia Raisa

Selena GomezUnderwent Kidney TransplantBest Friend Donor

9/14/2017 3:36 AM PDT

Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant this summer, and the donor was her best friend.

Selena posted this pic post surgery of her and kidney donor Francia Raisa.  She said, “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed i was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of.”

Selena goes on … “So I found out I need to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering.  It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”

And then she thanks her friend … “There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa.  She gave me the ultimate gift.”


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Trump denies he reached DACA deal with Democrats

President Trump denied he struck a deal with Democrats on immigration reform, just hours after congressional leaders declared victory in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fight.

“No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump tweeted Thursday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said late Wednesday that they struck a deal for a legislative fix to DACA, which shielded close to 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to deportation.

Increased border security and other measures would be part of the package, they said, but funding Trump’s massive border wall was left out of the agreement.

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi make DACA deal with Trump at W.H.

Trump, who scarfed down Chinese food with the Democratic leaders at the White House on Wednesday, doubled down on his wall talk after their announcement.

“The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built,” Trump continued in a second tweet.

While some portions of the more than 2,000-mile border with Mexico do have barricades or fences, Congress hasn’t approved money to build Trump’s massive wall — expected to cost tens of billions of dollars.

Schumer and Pelosi declared victory Wednesday night, only to be rebuffed by the President.

Schumer and Pelosi declared victory Wednesday night, only to be rebuffed by the President.

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Trump, however, signaled his support for DACA, an Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age.

Nancy Pelosi, Trump law boss mull border security to save DACA

“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!……..They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security,” Trump said in a pair of tweets.

Trump decided to wind down the program after mounting legal pressure from 10 states that threatened to challenge DACA in court.

He’s given Congress six months to find a legislative fix for DACA, which was created through a series of executive orders.

The President has sent mixed messages on what will happen over that time. He indicated he might re-explore the program himself if Congress can’t find a solution, and tweeted that DACA recipients “have nothing to worry about” during the next six months.  

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Aaron Carter Stormed Off 'The Doctors' Set at Mention of Rehab

Aaron Carter Stormed Off ‘The Doctors’ SetAt Mention of Rehab

9/14/2017 12:30 AM PDT

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Aaron Carter is willing to talk about his prescription drug abuse, but bolted as soon as the topic of rehab came up on “The Doctors” … according to family members.

Aaron agreed to a drug test when he taped the show about a month ago — it airs this week — and results came back positive for benzodiazepine (Xanax-like drugs) and hydrocodone (generic Vicodin). He claimed the doctors were helping him more than any therapist had, but a Carter family source tells us Aaron drew a line at the suggestion that he gets treatment. 

We’re told the doctors made the rehab recommendation after the show was done taping — and they even said the show would pay for it, but Aaron got defiant and insisted he would NOT go.

Our sources say he stormed out of the studio, hopped in his car, and drove from L.A. to Florida the next day.


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