If you’re going to have a crew, one of those fools got to know he’s going to jail.
Borland declined to tell ESPN that Carter was the one who said what he had said, but it was fairly easy to make the connection after reviewing video from the event.
ESPN’s Cris Carter may have told NFL rookies to have a “fall guy” in their entourage to cover for them in times of trouble, but Lions head coach Jim Caldwell’s opinion of the Pro Football Hall of Famer hasn’t fallen a bit. The NFL’s release not only called the lecture “unfortunate and inappropriate”, it pointed out that the comments were not repeated at any rookie symposium since.
‘The league’s player engagement staff immediately expressed concern about the comment to Cris. “I’m sorry and I truly regret what I said that day”, Carter wrote. “So they’re in a room with a bunch of young guys, and they’re trying to remain relevant, I guess”.
It’s not likely, however, that the NFL will have Carter back anytime soon to talk to the rookies after what we saw in the video on Sunday.
ESPN and the NFL have distanced themselves from Carter’s comments, but ESPN did not suspend Carter.
“We’ll get him out”, he said, drawing laughter.
“I was just sitting there thinking, ‘Should I walkout?”
Carter then pointed out Bridgewater’s hometown of Miami, asking, “Don’t you got a guy that would take care of you, and that would be a good deal?” The player’s name was omitted from the story, but the video of the Sapp and Carter presentation was soon discovered, shared and spread online.
Carter even brought quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on to the stage, who had recently been drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, and had some odd words of advice for him as well.
As a Hall of Fame player, Cris Carter was known to have maybe the best footwork of any receiver in NFL history. “I know when I was training for the combine and everything, he was down with a lot”.
Sapp, who apparently did not have a “fall guy” for himself during his post-Super Bowl arrest for soliciting and assaulting prostitutes, began laughing and took a seat. “So it’s however you want to take it”.
So far, Carter has not said anything publicly about the controversy. “Those views were entirely his own and do not reflect our company’s point of view in any way”, ESPN’s statement said.