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Hall of Famer told NFL rookies to find fall guy in case of legal trouble – SportsUntapped.com
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Added August 26th, 2015 by Ian

Hall of Famer told NFL rookies to find fall guy in case of legal trouble
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ESPN recently uncovered a video from the NFL archives in which a Hall of Fame player can be seen telling a group of rookies to find themselves a fall guy in case they happen to get into trouble with the police. The statement was made by former wide receiver Cris Carter when he spoke to the NFL Rookie Symposium in 2014. When Carter made the comment, former defensive tackle Warren Sapp was also on stage with him. Sapp was arrested just this summer for domestic violence for an incident which involved his girlfriend.

Carter told several rookies that they should have a friend who would be willing to take the rap if they ever got into any legal trouble. He was quoted as saying, “Because all you guys aren’t going to do the right stuff. I need to teach to you how to get around all of this stuff too. If you have a crew, one of them fools needs to know that they’re going to jail. I know a lot of you aren’t going to drink and I know a lot of you aren’t going to use drugs but still get yourself a fall guy.”

Once the video was made public this week the NFL had quite a bit of egg on its face and released a press statement regarding it. The football league said the comments Carter made were inappropriate and unfortunate and they advised him of it after he spoke to the rookies. Carter currently works for ESPN and the American television network was also slightly embarrassed over the incident. The network said it disagrees completely with his remarks and have made it very clear to him. ESPN also stated that Carter’s views are his own and they don’t reflect the beliefs of the network in any way.

Since the news of the remarks has been plastered all over the internet in the past few days Carter apologized for what he said via his Twitter account. He said he saw the video and realizes how wrong he was. He added that he was supposed to help educate young players, but he gave them bad advice instead. He finished by saying that each and every person should be responsible for their own actions and he’s very sorry for what he told the players that day.

The video came to light after former San Francisco 49’er Chris Borland mentioned the incident in an interview with ESPN. The 24-year-old Borland played just one year in the NFL and then retired due to his concerns over head trauma. He said he thought about walking out of the room when Carter made his comments to the rookies last year, but didn’t want to cause a scene.

 
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