ESPN, NFL Condemn Cris Carter for Advising Players to Have a "Fall Guy"
In a statement released Sunday, ESPN writes, "We completely disagree with Cris's remarks and we have made that extremely clear to him."
ESPN and the NFL have both admonished analyst Cris Carter for comments he made to players at the 2014 Rookie Symposium that have only recently garnered attention. During the NFC session of the event, Carter had advised them to have a designated "fall guy" to take the blame if the team ever ran into legal trouble.
His comments resurfaced after Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers referenced them in a recent interview with ESPN The Magazine. Though Carter wasn't identified by name, video footage of the symposium in which he was heard speaking to the players was found archived on NFL.com (it was later removed).
ESPN issued a statement on the controversy, which reads, "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 also released a statement, writing, "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."
Carter posted an apology on his Twitter account Sunday night, saying that watching the resurfaced video made him "realize how wrong I was."
Seeing that video has made me realize how wrong I was. I was brought there to educate young people and instead I gave them very...— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) August 24, 2015
bad advice. Every person should take responsibility for his own actions. I’m sorry and I truly regret what I said that day.”— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) August 24, 2015