ESPN: We completely disagree with Cris Carter’s comments

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As the Cris Carter controversy continues, ESPN has issued a statement disavowing Carter’s comments — which were initially published by ESPN, though without Carter’s name attached to them.

After Carter’s comments urging NFL players to get a “fall guy” to take the blame if they face legal trouble emerged today, ESPN said that those comments aren’t indicative of ESPN’s values.

“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,” ESPN’s statement said.

Carter works as an NFL analyst for ESPN, but his name was not mentioned in the ESPN article that started the controversy. In that article, a feature on former 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, it was stated only that a presentation by “two prominent retired players” rubbed Borland the wrong way because one of the retired players had told the NFL’s rookies that they should find a “fall guy” to take any legal heat off them. Borland declined to tell the authors of the article the name of the prominent retired player who said that.

But it was easy to find out that it was Carter because footage of the rookie symposium was available at NFL.com. The league’s own website had the video up for more than a year before removing it today. Now ESPN has joined the NFL in distancing itself from Carter’s comments.

174 responses to “ESPN: We completely disagree with Cris Carter’s comments

  1. Does this surprise anyone on all accounts?
    Carter being an idiot.
    Espn being the complete mashmellow they are…
    The only thing missing is another Goodell blunder and cover up.
    I guess we will just have to wait and see about the last thing.

  2. Let’s all sit back and watch the over-reaction outrage machine run its 48-hour social media life-cycle.

  3. They’re obviously not distancing themselves that much since he still has a job. I also have no doubt Borland identified the “two retired players” and ESPN chose not to run it. Since we’ve established through Deflategate that you do not need actual evidence to state something as factual, I’m just going to treat it as fact that they covered it up.

  4. I’m sure ESPN discovered that someone was Carter and that’s why they omitted that bit of information in the article.

    ESPN is only sorry that the video was made public. Same with the architect of the rookie symposium, Troy Vincent.
    Quote a cast of characters he chose to guide these young men.

  5. I’ve grown soooo tired of Carter, haven’t seen a guy so in love with himself since Warren Sapp. With that Sapp now gone from the Football airwaves, seeing Carter next go would be welcome.

  6. Right, but you agree with Mort’s bogus contrived report about 11 of 12.

    Amazing the speed of the NFL and BSPN PR machines when they need to hustle

    What frauds

  7. Come on ESPN you have a great reason to get rid of this guy. You have been putting him on radio more and more lately almost as if you are positioning him to get his own show. I cannot stand this guys arrogance and I turn the station every time I hear his voice.

  8. I’m usually not one of those people that call for these idiots to be fired over every idiotic thing they say or do. But encouraging young men to commit crimes is outrageous. Cris Carter should just go away. Take Sapp with him.

  9. It could have been far, far worse. Cris Carter could have once sent a text where he called himself “The Deflator.” Then this would all end up in federal court.

    But since all he was doing was advocating obstruction of justice and pro athletes getting away with various crimes, it isn’t a big deal I guess.

  10. Boy, ESPN was fast to address that! I guess it’s different when you’re jumping off a sinking ship rather than kicking a guy who’s down.

    No respect for ESPN.

  11. So tell us bspn, is that the same level of disagreement you had with Olbermann and Simmons or is it more like a 12:20 am 5 second long one time kind of disagreement or maybe even an 11 out of 12 kind of disagreement…

  12. I might actually watch ESPN Sunday Countdown again, if they fire him!

    Chris Carter just jumped in the dumpster with his buddy Warren Sapp, the two biggest overrated ego turds in the HoF.

  13. “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,”

    So bspn disagrees but not apparently not in a Bill Simmons/Keith Olbermann kind of way

  14. I have great confidence in Cris Carter. I respect the man, I like that he has opinions and expresses them. I look forward to hearing his thoughts on the radio and television.

  15. Curious that you guys repeatedly delete posts that do agree with your Brady narrative. I wonder why you care so much about posts that disagree with your narrative.

  16. In most other industries, employers would fire an employee for teaching others to be blatantly dishonest. But Cris has a great smile for television and is in the HOF. He therefore cannot be touched. Maybe Cris can also operate as a consultant to players who need to be educated in being shady.

  17. Boy, ESPN was fast to address that! I guess it’s different when you’re jumping off a sinking ship rather than kicking a guy who’s down.

  18. who cares what he says he was tasked with giving his OPINION to these guys and that’s what he did.. Not to mention it’s all context

  19. Hypocrisy abounds….Carter made those comments last year…but was at tge symposium this year…espn disavows his comments but will have carter on this week to “analyze” the nfl…

  20. Hilarious. Apparently ESPN employs the same philosophy as the NFL: don’t manage the infractions – manage the optics of the infractions.

  21. It could be that the NFL didn’t care about the comments and left them up. Or it could be that they never read the comments and were unaware of them. Either way, that is terrible for the NFL and their real support of about educating rookies. If they left them up because they didn’t care, that’s bad.

    If they never knew the comments were there, that shows a total lack of interest in whatever players and retired players have been telling rookies. It would mean they didn’t even care enough to read them. That’s pretty bad, too.

  22. When Manziel was at that golf tourney and that fan kept heckling him one of Johnny’s friends should of stepped in and did something and not let Johnny kept coaxed into an altercation.

    I think this is what Chris was talking about not the ridiculous extreme people are taking it to.

  23. I’m kinda surprised ESPN even commented about Carter considering how busy they were apologizing to Goodell for running the Borland article in the first place.

  24. The only controversy here is the gross lack of oversight from the NFL. For a Billion Dollar company, they are amazingly incompetent.

  25. until you know what he meant for sure, why are you doing this? Everyone has an opinion, but give the man a chance to speak before you criticize, last I knew innocent until proven guilty, ESPN should appreciate that as ESPN has been wrong many times, and to all that are gonna comment, lets stick a mic in your face and let you say your piece, and if you screw up, your gonna be crucified so careful for what you wish for, you all have typos in your quick comments, so settle down and wait for Chris to say his piece before you hang the man. Nobody is perfect, and if you think you are, think again before you open your keyboard

  26. The League looks like fools again. I haven’t been too heavy on Goodell myself up to this point, but this is flat embarrassing.

  27. Chris Carter acting like he is on moral high ground and critiquing others, when he is the guy who told rookies to “get yourself a fall guy”? What a hypocrite and fraud! Hey, Carter, “C’mon, man!”

  28. NFL throws Carter under a bus.
    Same day, ESPN throws Carter under a bus.

    Hurts your brand? Implement emergency damage control.

    Post a complete lie that destroys the Patriots brand?
    Leave it hanging for 6 months.
    Mortensen still reports on the NFL as credible insider, for whatever reason.

    Conquering hero I guess.

  29. “but give the man a chance to speak before you criticize”

    —————-

    Uh, the man did speak, that’s why we’re here.

  30. Carter has had moments of eloquence but over the last two years he’s fallen in love with the sound of his own voice. His analysis is increasingly inane and he’s starting to remind me of Michael Irvin without the heart. ESPN should move on.

  31. Chris needs a fall guy’! Now who was it that “really” said those things??? Come on… Don’t be shy! There is a quick $200 in it for you!

  32. Yet they continue to run Morts original report regarding false PSI levels and will not remove it or acknowledge any wrong-doing. Makes sense.

  33. bobusch1 says:
    Aug 23, 2015 9:18 PM

    until you know what he meant for sure, why are you doing this? Everyone has an opinion, but give the man a chance to speak before you criticize, last I knew innocent until proven guilty, ESPN should appreciate that as ESPN has been wrong many times, and to all that are gonna comment, lets stick a mic in your face and let you say your piece, and if you screw up, your gonna be crucified so careful for what you wish for, you all have typos in your quick comments, so settle down and wait for Chris to say his piece before you hang the man. Nobody is perfect, and if you think you are, think again before you open your keyboard

    Just like Cris Carter and everyone at ESPN did when they gave Tom Brady the benefit of the doubt. No evidence Brady did anything to footballs, not even sure if anything WAS done to footballs, but Carter screamed “liar and cheater” as loudly as anyone else at ESPN. I submit that air in a football is a lot less serious than committing a crime and having someone else take the fall.

  34. Cris Carter represents an age of crack head, diva wide receivers that has hopefully will pass as more talented and less arrogant WR’s like Megatron come along. As an Eagles fan, I’m happy that Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor are more like Calvin and less like him. Arrogant and diva were the nicest things I could think of to say about Carter without getting censored.

  35. Can we just stipulate every employer apologizes/ distances themselves from anything an employee says/does without being subjected to instant and meaningless press releases?

    Three dollar bills think those statements are phony.

  36. Normally I’m not one to bring down a family man’s career but Cris Carter is notorious for being that guy who judges players (and other wide receivers specifically) for things that he pretty much did throughout his own high-profile off-the-field-antic-filled career.

    He had a field day crapping on Josh Gordon as if he knew him so it’s about time Carter learns to practice what he preaches.

  37. two weeks ago Carter sat in with Greenburg replacing Golic. We had to listen while Carter pontificated how great he was and how he had turned his life around. Carter ( a multi time drug abuser) had the nerve to say that Brady lied while under oath. This is the crap that ESpN spews

  38. ESPN hires idiots like Carter and Ray Lewis then are “outraged” when they say something stupid…

    You gave them the voice, world wide liars!!

    Now take the heat….

  39. Look at how fast ESPN and the NFL can react to a problem. It’s amazing. Sunday night and they’ve got PR people making corrections, issuing bulletins, fixing websites. Look at them move! Now, if only those folks hadn’t been on vacation for the last eight months.

  40. Please ESPN, get rid of Cris. All he does is…make news for the wrong reasons. His analysis is average at best.

  41. Hey Roger, where was your concern about the “integrity of the game” when you picked Sapp and Carter to speak to rookies? You sir, are the definition of incompetent!

  42. There is Absolutely no evidence Brady did Anything, even the NFL admitted as much to Judge Berman. Obviously those of you who think otherwise haven’t read anything but the headlines.

  43. All this outrage and all of you still tuning into everything NFL related. Internet TV social media you can’t stop you won’t stop. You can’t stop they won’t stop.

    Owners see 1 thing and 1 thing only. $$$$$$. Keep giving it to them. Let them ride these controversies into ratings and advertising heaven.

    Go to that stadium, remember that your tax dollars are hard at work there, buy the tickets at ever increasing prices, buy those $10 beers and $5 hot dogs. Don’t forget to give them 50 bucks for the luxury of parking your car. While you’re there buy your favorite criminals jersey for a smooth 200.. heck, get some bobble heads and a couple of fuzzy blankets… but wait it’s a special themed week so you better get that awesome official $40 hat to remember this special occasion.

    Your kid wants to bring a friend.. it’s cool he can come I’ll just complain about it later.

  44. And in the next breath they should of said we have fired Cris Carter. Funny that the NFL network actually was dumb enough to air a football life about him this very night.

  45. kensilisacrook says:
    Aug 23, 2015 9:23 PM
    The NFL had this on their own site for over a year?!? “C’mon, man!”
    ************************
    Good point. (A) the NFL is clueless (B) The NFL thinks that their fans are clueless (C) the NFL cares about this stuff only to the extent that their new found “integrity” allows them to lay the hammer on players. All of the above?

  46. The video was up on the NFL’s own website for more than a year before being suddenly taken down once the public caught wind of it…still hard to believe that such a popular and powerful organization is being run by the Keystone Cops, with Goodell in charge. Keep focusing on those deflated footballs Roger, that’s what matters the most right now! Such an embarrassment…

  47. Carter isn’t going to let this firestorm bother him. He’s going to have a few drinks and do a few lines and put on his Hall Of Fame jacket.

  48. I love listening to Cris Carter’s point of view on football. I listen to him on ESPN all the time. When he’s on, I keep my radio dial on ESPN, when he’s not on, half the time I turn the station. He’s good at what he does. I like Mike Ditka the same way. I just like to hear people who know a lot about football, talk about football. There are too many guys talking about football that know nothing.

  49. ESPN said that those comments aren’t indicative of ESPN’s values.

    ———————————————————-

    ESPN has values?????

    Now THERE’S a story!

  50. lostsok says:
    Aug 23, 2015 9:29 PM
    Clearly Brady saw that. As soon as he got caught cheating…an equipment guy got fired.
    ====================================

    At the request of the NFL. Which Goodell then lied to your face about, but only after a very obvious time buying “what’s that?”

    The only confirmed liar in this whole mess has been Goodell.

    He literally lied in his 20 page ruling on the appeal when he thought the transcript would be sealed and he lied at that press conference when he said the NFL didn’t request the equipment guys be suspended indefinitely.

  51. It’s funny how karma bites you, right Cris Carter??? After your beat down on Tom Brady last week you are in the hot seat and should lose your job for 4 weeks with out pay. ESPN will not fire him they will just move him to late night with Brittany!

  52. Aw that’s cute, once the NFL came out and said they were against these comments ESPN must have gotten permission from big bro to issue a statement too

  53. Hey, ESPN is getting better. It only took a year to respond to this issue. It took them 8 years to apologize for the Spygate debacle.

  54. ESPN’s credibility takes another hit. Well Chris Carter sure put his future employment at risk. If not dismissed entirely he should face an extended suspension!!

  55. I really have no dog in this fight, but Cris Carter is cringe-worthy on Mike & Mike.

    I hope he gets fired, just so I don’t have to listen to him anymore during my morning commute.

  56. Mr. Carter, may I introduce you to Mr. Sapp. You both share something and that would be luck and talent. It’s apparent that both of you were skilled football players but that’s where it about ends. Seriously, what is wrong with the two of you? I think what happened is that when you both had talent you had people watching your back side, making sure you didn’t get into too much trouble. If that’s what Cris Carter is talking about I’m sure that happens already without any help or advise from Cris Carter. What’s so apparent is that when these guys lose their football playing value they also lose that safety net and that’s where they get into trouble. To have a job with ESPN making probably $200 – $300K and then losing it is mind boggling. Go out and try to find a $200 – $300K job – there’s not a lot of them out there. Too bad you blew it. Hey Chris, prepare for a life like Mr. Sapp. You had the golden ring and now you don’t. C’mon Man! What a loser!

  57. Chris Carter has always been a self righteous moron, and is still living in 1998. He offers zero to football broadcasting and I hope ESPN dumps him and I never have to hear from him again.

  58. Stay classy ESPN!! Bawahaha! Most crooked network on the planet. I bet Larry Flint could start his own “sports” station and it would be more admirable than ESPN.

  59. Back when I was in my 20’s, making millions, and dragging around an entourage, I for DAMN sure had a fall guy. It’s just common sense. Me. Carter was keeping it real. Respect.

  60. Sad.

    I great player.
    I liked him a lot as a player.

    We all know that having a fall guy is something that goes on in high political places and very rich places, but to actually be preaching it as a good way to live and stay out of trouble, rather than you know, staying out of trouble. Is sad.

    If I had a Chris Carter shirt I would get rid of it.

  61. ESPN fires Bill Simmons but keeps a motley crew that includes Chris Mortensen, Kelly Naqi, Lester Munson, Chris Carter, Hannah Storm, and a host of others that have made false accusations against Brady and the Patriots and/or used their position at ESPN to attack Brady.

    Is there any direct evidence against Brady? Of course there is not.

    Is there any evidence against all of these clown? Yes, every one of them.

  62. Bill Simmons gets suspend from ESPN for three week for saying he doesn’t believe Roger Goodell, so what happens to Cris Carter for advising NFL rookies to hire fall guys? At least he didn’t use stickum though…..

  63. It is “unfortunate and inappropriate” (in lay terms that means “unlucky” and “not proper”), so says the NFL, that they were caught with their pants down 14 months after one of their own advised rookies to use a “fall guy” if they get in trouble.

    In contrast, they suspended Tom Brady four games and docked him $2MM in pay because even though they have “no direct evidence” he was”more probably than not” “generally aware” that someone else “probably” deflated footballs a negligible amount that had no impact on any game.

    The NFL explains all of the above by saying its about “integrity”.

  64. Im just failing to see what is outraging everyone about this?

    Stop, breathe, take a step back…

    …Now. We have an NFL veteran talking to NFL rookies, he isn’t talking to YOU. He isn’t talking to your children, he is talking to fellow NFL players.

    He is saying, you are under the microscope, the majority of these kids come from disadvantaged neighborhoods, he was speaking their language, to them, not to you.

    If I was a disadvantaged youth with a gift who had been drafted in the NFL and under constant scrutiny from the lynch mobs(YOU PEOPLE) for every little thing I said or did? Its an incredibly intelligent and insightful thing to hear.

    Again, I am a rational human being with the mental capacity to put myself in someone else’s shoes without judging them or calling for their heads from the luxury of my mothers basement, so feel free to throw your tomatoes(dislike button), I can take it, I’m an adult who based my opinion on analytical logic rather than an irrational emotional response so, have a good night.

  65. I would like to remind PFT’s readers that Cris Carter was the NFL’s designated captains of Team Carter the Pro Bowl played in Arizona in a stadium named after a university with questionable credentials.

  66. tonebones says:
    Aug 23, 2015 10:09 PM

    I love listening to Cris Carter’s point of view on football. I listen to him on ESPN all the time. When he’s on, I keep my radio dial on ESPN, when he’s not on, half the time I turn the station. He’s good at what he does. I like Mike Ditka the same way. I just like to hear people who know a lot about football, talk about football. There are too many guys talking about football that know nothing.
    =====
    its so funny when people say this like football is really all that complicated. i mean seriously give me a break with this crap already. you dont need to play football professionally to understand it.

  67. The way CC is being treated is an outrage. I only hope that ESPN makes it up to him next year by awarding him the Caitlyn Jenner Courage Award.

  68. One thing that will get lost in all the “fire him” and “see, told you the Patriots are innocent” reactions on this is…

    This clearly makes the most dangerous man in the world (to the NFL)that much more credible.

    As it appears that everything Chris Borland revealed in his interview (while refusing to name the person who made the statement), transpired exactly as he said.

    Borland showed class by (rightfully) blaming the NFL for what he heard at the rookie symposium, and not misguidedly pointing the finger at a specific player who was invited and encouraged by the NFL to share their ‘wealth of knowledge’ (what Carter and Sapp said is unforgivable in a public forum — but who’s endorsing their comments by giving them this forum?), the NFL should be in total control of all the material and subject matter, especially at an event like this.

    But at the end of the day, Borland comes out looking like he’s in this for the right reasons for not naming names — and anything else Borland has said, or will say, will be given more weight, as he’s already shown credibility, and discretion.

  69. The league allowed Carter to get up and advertise this “criminal activity”, apparently they saw nothing wrong with this suggestion.

  70. Good for Borland! Was there no other NFL rookie that was bothered by Carter’s foolish comments?!

  71. Espn distancing itself from an employee. Lol

    After all this is the chink in the armour network.

    Really this isn’t a big deal. Who cares what CC Said.

  72. rlpftt says:
    Aug 23, 2015 8:54 PM
    Goodbye Chris Carter, I actually might watch ESPN again if he gets caned!

    Seems a little extreme, but I guess I’d watch a caning too…

  73. Funny looking at the few pro carter posts because those are the very guys who participate in the persecution of Brady yet now express outrage when its their guy.

  74. The real story here is that this incident illustrates just how much the standards of good jounalism have been eroded.

    Fact checking? Source verifiaction?

    Naaahhhhh… just run with it before someone else does.

  75. Espn waits 14 months before taking video down, Mortensen takes 8 months before taking his tweet down, espn apologizes at 12 20 am in the morning for citing incorrect facts regarding spygate. Espn is owned by nfl its as simple as that.

  76. ESPN went on to say that furthermore we apologize for not making this story up ourselves, our sources clearly weren’t on the ball. Unfortunately, it was Summerslam weekend and our creative writers were a bit busy. 11 of 12 executives were outraged, that they didn’t break this story.

  77. If you wonder about the types of guys who call others cheaters and has no qualms about destroying another persons’ reputation, a person who is not only a great player – but someone who has never been on the wrong side of the law. Look no further than Chris Carter and Warren Sapp, both of them brought on by Troy Vincent to counsel rookies how to behave as professionals in Roger Goodell’s NFL.

  78. You read all this nonsense during the offseason and it keeps interest up.

    The NFL is entertainment, nothing more nothing less.

    The offishul (misspelling intentional) report on ‘The Strange Case of the Deflated Balls’ is more than 200 pages longer than the report on the health problems of former players.

    Meanwhile – another former player, Eric Kramer, tries to commit suicide.

    This all about 2 things – ego and MONEY – huge, obscene amounts of MONEY – yours.

  79. ” But encouraging young men to commit crimes is outrageous”

    I wouldnt say he was actually encouraging them to commit crimes but of realizing the great possiblity of them one day getting in trouble with the law because of their money and long the long offseason. how exactly does one find a fall guy when arrested for consuming dope,fighting at strip clubs,drunk driving,carrying concealed weapons, discharging weapons in public,beating your g/f , wife or kids, resisting arrest,or mouthing off to police writing your speeding ticket.just how does a fall guy help you when you are the only one that was stupid and caught.

  80. These are not just comments. This narcissist gave a presentation. He must have worked on the words. And the delivery of the words. Who doesnt practice their presentation. Even the best presenters do some sort of prep. He had to think and repeat this over and over before saying them.

  81. As i get older i tend to get irritated quicker than i used too and ESPN football notably the Monday night version with Irvin, Carter, Ditka ( “Come on man” ) and the other guys whose names escape me used to remind me of the Muppet show. There was something very wrong with that show that i cant get a handle on.

  82. Oh please. All you keyboard warriors that keep spouting “Im never gonna______ again because this or that offends me” prob click, read, watch, stream Disney, ABC, ESPN, NFL Network content 24/7 because this modern mediocre NFL product has you by the twigs & berries either for gambling/fantasy and soap opera drama/reality show aspects.

  83. Has anyone realized yet that stuff like this never happened prior to the League hiring ex-players.
    Was Chris Carter asked to speak to the rookies as a Hall of Famer OR a player who was constantly in trouble earlier in his career?
    What Carter said to the Rookies is absolutely true and Carter, in his wisdom, believes having a
    “fall guy” as part of any players posse is the proper course as a NFL player. These players DO NOT see it as a problem to say it loud and proud. It has NEVER occurred the them that having a “fall guy” is illegal but a necessary expense to doing business in the NFL. The “Fall Guy” necessity is just another tool that allows the player to act like idiots without getting caught.
    Remember, Chris Carter lived the experience with a FG and was never advised it was a problem. The real culprit here are the organizers of the Symposium. They must have believed Carter was giving good advise to the Rookies or they wouldn’t have published his remarks on the NFL web site.

  84. It’s sad we live in a world were someone says something stupid and everyone thinks they should be fired, I’m sure everyone making comments sitting in their office or home has never said something dumb and if they did, I’m sure they agree they should be fired for what they said.

    Yes, this was dumb by Carter and I’m not a big fan of his self rightous attitude, but really, this is NOT a something were someone should be fired.

    The mob mentality of people behind a keyboard is scary

  85. What amazes me is that any reasonably intelligent celebrity in this age of mobile recording and video equipment, ESPECIALLY ONE WHO WORKS FOR A MEDIA OUTLET, would not realize that anything he says in public is likely to be recorded and distributed on social media. “Don’t say it publicly unless you wouldn’t mind seeing it lead Sportscenter is a good rule of thumb for these folks.

  86. They disagree with everything Chris Carter says, good, Now how about disagreeing with all the false reporting from ESPN… Start with Mort

  87. It begs the question.

    He’s been doing these for years.

    How many rookies might not have gotten into trouble if instead of being told to have a fall guy, they were told to not get into trouble in the first place?

    How many saw this as an a reason to be lax on whether they toe the line or not, because Chris Carter himself told them they would bale their friend and fall guy out?

    Interesting.

  88. Chris,

    You’re not from the deep south, drop the “y’alls”.

    This was the most disgusting, despicable thing I’ve seen in years. How can this overt racist be allowed to continue on this network?

    Try this Chris,

    Don’t have a crew
    Don’t carry guns
    Don’t be out at 3am
    Don’t drive 140mph.

    Stop trying to be one of their home boys. In fact, don’t ever say home boys again. You sound like an old chump trying to be cool.

    BTW, you just made the yellow jacket irrelevant. Hall of Shame indeed.

  89. ESPN and CC was right out in front convicting Tom Brady and neither has any credibility left. For ESPN to pass judgment on one of its own NFL lackeys is laughable. CC is ESPN. ESPN is CC. The NFL owns both of them.

  90. Fake French Accent says:
    Aug 24, 2015 12:21 AM
    Im just failing to see what is outraging everyone about this?

    Stop, breathe, take a step back…

    …Now. We have an NFL veteran talking to NFL rookies, he isn’t talking to YOU. He isn’t talking to your children, he is talking to fellow NFL players.

    He is saying, you are under the microscope, the majority of these kids come from disadvantaged neighborhoods, he was speaking their language, to them, not to you.

    If I was a disadvantaged youth with a gift who had been drafted in the NFL and under constant scrutiny from the lynch mobs(YOU PEOPLE) for every little thing I said or did? Its an incredibly intelligent and insightful thing to hear.

    Again, I am a rational human being with the mental capacity to put myself in someone else’s shoes without judging them or calling for their heads from the luxury of my mothers basement, so feel free to throw your tomatoes(dislike button), I can take it, I’m an adult who based my opinion on analytical logic rather than an irrational emotional response so, have a good night.

    —-
    Where to begin???

    can we please dispense with this notion that there is a separate language in this country spoken only by one segment of the population? If their own language includes a “fall guy” then we have issues. I can’t see how anyone can get past this simple point. He’s telling kids that it’s OK to F up as long as you have someone to throw under the bus.

    You say you have employed logic? Pretzel logic perhaps. Or perhaps you are “in” on this secret language we keep hearing about.

  91. This a situation where “keeping it real” went bad.
    Cris Carter and those in his position ( celebrities, public figures, etc. ) should know that they’re always under the microscope of public opinion and sadly their jobs are jeopardized when what they say rub some the wrong way. Unfortunately for them, they don’t have the privilege of publicly addressing issues with “usernames” and avatars.

    What if sites required its commenters to provide actual names and photos?

  92. Chris Mortensen tweeted out that he has a very reliable source telling him that Carter has never said anything about a “fall guy.” Look for that accurate Tweet to remain up for the next seven or so months. #Mortmisreport

  93. Cris Carter has always been a clown. I never liked him and knew he was shady, telling rookies to cover up their crimes with a fall guy?? basically what he’s saying, I knew he would finally do something stupid to lose his job, BTW, he was sitting next to Warren Sapp when he said this…Doug Baldwin is probably laughing right now…

  94. Are these the same life lessons he gave to his son, Duron Carter, who actually flunked out of OSU Alabama. How is it even possible to flunk out an SEC school? Was busted for drugs, flunked out a JC, etc. It’s everyone else’s fault, right?

  95. Just another of many ESPN Hypocrites talking about the integrity of the game and then telling rookies they need a fall guy. Obviously Warren Sapp wasn’t paying attention either.

  96. While CC is a clown, I smell a rat. Interesting that he is being loudly thrown under the bus by NFL/ESPN at a point where the league and it’s media lackey are about to be taken to the woodshed in court. PR diversion? Wouldn’t put it past them to pull a stunt right now. Remember Goodell’s claim to fame is his PR background.

  97. I can give you two names: Jim McNally and John Jastremski.

    To Cris Carter’s point, Shady Brady also recommends pretending to not knowing who they are under oath, under the guise of plausible deniability.

    You know, perjury.

  98. ESPN thank you for restoring my faith in the media. I was beginning to think that broadcast entities such as yourself were just shameless shills that would spew whatever message your sugar daddy wanted put out there. Taking on an employee for comments made almost 1 year ago,

    What a Profile In Courage.

  99. So Schilling gets suspended over an incorrectly interpreted tweet (Hint: He didn’t compare all Muslims with Nazis) but Carter gets to keep working despite advising young men to obstruct justice? Typical TMZSPN.

  100. Nice friend Carter would make! How about teaching kids not to get into trouble rather than passing the blame when you do. So much for accountability for your actions.
    He’s an arrogant, smug jerk. Everyone at ESPN kisses his butt no matter what he says. When he’s on Mike and Mike its a joke, they do nothing but kiss his rear end and never call him out on anything he says. Greenberg has his nose so far up his butt I’m surprised it hasn’t gotten stuck in there. I wouldn’t be surprised if Carter walk around the ESPN studios with his pants down so everyone can kiss it.

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