O.T: Cris Carter advises rookies to get a "fall guy" for crimes they commit.

Submitted by Jevy on August 23rd, 2015 at 4:50 PM
Just seen Drew Hallett retweet this article. Too dumb to learn how to embed but in the article he said "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 need to know that they’re going to jail. I know a lot of you aren’t going to drink, i know a lot of you aren’t going to use drugs but still get yourself a fall guy”



August 23rd, 2015 at 7:36 PM ^

Um, he's right. How many of us gave seen an arrest for drugs or guns of athletes and thought, "he has a posse, why is he dumb enough to have the weed on him?" If you make over $500,000 per year, you can afford to have a flunky carry your drugs/drive your ass when you are drunk/hold your gun. This is common sense people. You can even get your wife to do some of these things.


August 23rd, 2015 at 5:12 PM ^

Per NBC Sports, these were remarks made at the Rookie Symposium for the NFL and indeed Carter has apparently already been invited to speak next year, so everyone can just sit back and wait for some further deep musings from Cris Carter, right? 

Among some of the money quotes:

“If you all got a crew, you got to have a fall guy in the crew,” Carter said. “If you all have a crew, one of those fools got to know, he’s the one going to jail. We’ll get him out.”

Supposedly, the video of the entire speech is at NFL.com, so the league may very well see it as practical advice.


August 23rd, 2015 at 7:55 PM ^

“This was an unfortunate and inappropriate comment made by Cris Carter during the 2014 NFC rookie symposium,” the NFL’s statement said. “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.”

Of course, as has been mentioned, it was on their website. I'm sure Judge Berman will appreciate this information as he's making his ruling on the Brady case.


August 23rd, 2015 at 5:12 PM ^

I really find myself disagreeing with most things that come out of that man's mouth.  As if these are the true lessons we need to be teaching these young, uneducated players.


August 23rd, 2015 at 8:02 PM ^

After watching this I just can't understand why so many of these guys end up broke and wondering what happened?  This speech was at an NFL event meant to provide guidance and wisdom for young players.  Great lesson, NFL.  The fact that a Buckeye delivered that message is priceless.  I now understand why they still think Jim Tressel is a misunderstood god. 

East German Judge

August 23rd, 2015 at 5:23 PM ^

This has to be some sort of comedy skit as if this is sanctioned by the NFL, then this is nothing short unbelievable.  So the NFL does not believe in accountability and expects their players to stay out of jail by not not doing the crime, but rather have someone else take the heat for it.  And of course they are in court talking about Tom's balls!  Fuck Roger Goddell.

Silly Goose

August 23rd, 2015 at 5:23 PM ^

I'm constantly amazed at how Disney is able to distance itself from the garbage that is the NFL/ESPN partnership.

Imagine if NBC News ran a story that said "Disney employee advises at-risk young men to lie about criminal acts, not avoid them."

Hail Harbo

August 23rd, 2015 at 5:27 PM ^

Carter isn't an idiot, but he, and the NFL, do say some stupid things and take stupid positions.  That said, it is enlightening to learn that the NFL didn't so much have a problem with explotits of Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, et al, as much as they had a problem with them not having a proper fall guy.

As for Carter, last week on Mike and Mike he stated that the NFL doesn't need fans to be successful, that the Super Bowl would still be played and be as successful without the fans. That certainly left me scratching my head.


August 23rd, 2015 at 7:48 PM ^

That's one of the most insanely stupid things I've ever heard. If Carter thinks that advertisers are going to pony up at those rates for games with no fans in the stands, he's a fucking idiot. And without those advertisers, the whole financial structure of the NFL falls apart. Good luck finding the money to pay those ridiculous contracts.

If Carter's attitude about fans and personal accountability is widespread among the players, then the NFL is doomed in the long run.


August 23rd, 2015 at 5:30 PM ^

like a weather forecaster. He does his job completely wrong but is still employed. I know the owners like the money he has made them; but the tipping point to fire him was about a year ago and he's still there.