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Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter has issued an apology for telling NFL rookies at a league symposium in 2014 that they should “get a fall guy” to help them avoid trouble.

Carter posted his apology on Twitter after an ESPN article drew attention to the remarks he made during a presentation last year. He told a group of rookies from NFC teams in the session that if any of them were to get into trouble off the field, it was important to have someone who would step forward and take the blame.

The NFL had video of the talk on its website for a year, but it was pulled after it came to light on Sunday night.

“Seeing that video has made me realize how wrong I was,” Carter tweeted. “I was brought there to educate young people and instead I gave them very bad advice. Every person should take responsibility for his own actions. I’m sorry and I truly regret what I said that day.”

Former 49ers linebacker Chris Borland told ESPN he was disgusted by a session in the 2014 rookie symposium in which an unnamed former player advised young players to identify a “fall guy” within their circle of friends. Video of Carter giving those remarks quickly surfaced.

Wearing his yellow Hall of Fame jacket, Carter is speaking to the group along with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp. Carter pulls Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater onto the stage to help illustrate his point.

“You all are not going to all do the right stuff,” Carter is seen telling the audience in the video. “So I got to teach you all how to get around all this stuff too. If you’re going to have a crew, one of them fools got to know he’s going to jail.”

More than a year after Carter made the remarks at the league-sponsored event, the NFL condemned the message.

“This was an unfortunate and inappropriate comment made by Cris Carter during the 2014 NFC rookie symposium,” the league said in a statement. “The comment was not representative of the message of the symposium or any other league program. The league’s player engagement staff immediately expressed concern about the comment to Cris. The comment was not repeated in the 2014 AFC session or this year’s symposium.”

Jets safety Calvin Pryor, a rookie in 2014, said he didn’t think Carter was sending the wrong message.

“Not at all. He’s speaking real life,” Pryor said. “He’s been through a lot. People such as myself and others can relate to it, and some can’t. So it’s however you want to take it.”

Carter’s career arc has long made him a go-to resource for young players. He has admitted that drug abuse nearly derailed his career while he was with the Philadelphia Eagles, and it wasn’t until he cleaned his act up after being claimed off waivers by the Vikings that he became a star in the league.

Carter made the Pro Bowl eight times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

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6 thoughts on “Hall Of Famer Cris Carter Apologizes For Rookie Comments

  1. CC kept it real…Some of these young “knuckle heads” cant handle all that sudden fame and money and be disciplined enough to stay out of trouble…I knew exactly the context Chris Carter was talking about…You don’t have to apologize about nothing, CC.

  2. Vet Mom on said:

    I have a joke because ALL these wives look alike..”Does the NFL,NBA etc. give these rookies a handbook of who is considered rich black man wifey material…white, Hispanic, light skinned women?” hahahahaha Cris, my STILL record holding former student athlete BUCKEYE baby agrees with Stephen A Smith (ESPNs First Take) so apology accepted!! #GoBucks!!!!!!!

  3. Monica on said:

    It’s sad but it’s true. These millionaire young athletes make dumb decisions they have their crews rolling with them sucking up their money living in their houses, yes someone should be the one looking out for him and taking the fall for him because, something is eventually going to happen. They need to earn their keep. If Michael Vick had a fall guy well….. he would be in a different situation right now and still able to fund his crew.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Those were my husband’s exact words last night.
      Although I didn’t necessarily agree that Mr. Carter should have said those things in an open forum to young impressionable “kids”, he knows that with all the money and fame they will receive, trouble is bound to follow. He may not be wrong in his thoughts but just not have said them out loud. (maybe take them to the side, no recording devices lol)

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