Cris Carter Tells NFL Rookies to Have a ‘Fall Guy’ [Video]
With new stories continually developing about crime and sports, a video where Cris Carter told NFL rookies at the 2014 Rookie Symposium to have a "fall guy in your crew" is making waves.
The ESPN analyst Carter wanted to make sure each rookie had a crew, complete with a fall guy in case they wanted to make bad decisions.
The interview resurfaced because newly retired 49er Chris Borland told the story in a recent interview. Borland refused to credit who said it, but the video was quickly found on NFL.com.
The video has since been taken down, but not before it was released on multiple websites. In the video, Carter talked about having a fall guy, and Sapp repeated Carter's statement that "we'll get him out" if the person goes to jail.
ESPN issued a statement, saying: "We completely disagree with Cris's remarks and we have made that extremely clear to him. Those views were entirely his own and do not reflect our company's point of view in any way."
The NFL issued a statement, saying: "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."
The NFL had this video on the website for over a year. They obviously didn't feel too strongly about it. I imagine the conversation with Cris backstage more like:
Staff: "Cris, that was a ballin' speech!"
Cris: "I know."
Staff: "That was gold getting Teddy up there... Did you tell that to Ray Lewis teach you that?!"
Sapp: "Man, That was gold! Why didn't I think of that! Yezzir."
Staff: "That speech was so good you should only do it once. It was that good. You couldn't top that. We'll just cut the video and put it up on the website. It'll be hilarious. Did Aldon ever call you back?"
This also gives much more insight as to why Borland retired after a promising start to a career. In the interview, he is quoted as saying, "I was just sitting there thinking, 'Should I walk out? What am I supposed to do?'" He went on to say he didn't leave the room because he didn't want to cause a scene, but the incident stayed with him.
The NFL needs more players like Chris Borland and less mentors like Cris Carter and Warren Sapp.