NFL.com pulls Cris Carter “fall guy” video

Reuters

We noted this afternoon that Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter had told players at the 2014 Rookie Symposium that they should have a “fall guy” in their crew, ready to take the blame if they faced legal trouble. And we noted that video of Carter’s comments was posted on NFL.com.

Shortly after we published our item, NFL.com removed the video. The link now goes to the most recent video posted on NFL.com, a news item from today’s Packers-Steelers preseason game.

It’s easy to understand why the NFL would pull the video: Carter and Warren Sapp were openly encouraging rookies to be ready to have someone help them break the law. That’s not exactly the kind of image the NFL wants to project.

What’s harder to understand is why the NFL would post the video in the first place. It should have been obvious to anyone that such comments are not appropriate. But the video had been online at NFL.com for more than a year before Carter’s comments were mentioned in an ESPN article (an article that withheld the name of Carter, an ESPN employee).

Once the comments began to generate attention, the NFL decided to pull the video. Apparently the NFL doesn’t realize that you can never completely delete anything from the Internet. Videos of Carter’s comments have already been uploaded elsewhere and will be around forever, whether the NFL likes it or not.

74 responses to “NFL.com pulls Cris Carter “fall guy” video

  1. It’s not Politically Correct to say it… but don’t you think that Borland’s “Color” or lack of it mattered?

    Most white kids don’t have ‘crews’ or live in that environment where breaking laws was acceptable or a way of life.

    Nothing wrong with with Chris Carter said. He said the truth. It just didn’t apply to everyone in the room.

  2. What a mutt. Not surprised bspn left out his name though. Mort getting ready to tweet out it is more probable than not that Kraft scripted it?

  3. Cris Carter may be an idiot sometimes. And say stupid stuff.

    But…

    He’s still a Hall of Famer.

    And was produced and molded by the historic Minnesota Vikings.

    Without us, he would have been out of the NFL after the eagles.

    We truly are a great Franchise.

    #Skol

  4. He should be suspended for more probable than not contributing to the lack of integrity to NFL rookies.

  5. Does this men Cris Carter will stop pointificating about following rules & deflategate, without having the slightest clue what he’s talking about?

  6. Dear Dez, Aldon & Hardy,

    I am available for Fall Guy Services. Jerry Jones has my number.

    Sincerely,

    M. Irvin

  7. Wow, that was fast! Boy if it was misinformation about PSI, it would have taken months if ever, but anything that damages the reputation of the NFL and it is immediate!

    Any comment from the commish. “Um, well, you see, we considered this and you see, in regards to this Ben, we went in the direction of the investigation and that’s the direction we went in, you see and that’s the result we have and I think it explains it itself.”

  8. so the NFL takes months to frame the Patriots but takes less than an hour to take down their own video asking rookies to break the law. #NFLiscorrupt

  9. many, if not the majority of former NFLers are unwatchable on NFL and BSPN.

    BSPN especially, but NFL network is a close 2nd.
    Does anyone watch BSPN anymore

    They all same the same BS over and over again and then act like they’re at a club trying to be funny and witty.

    The NFL has peaked and there’s only one way to go from here.

    Cuban was right, The NFL will falter under it’s own bloated, greedy uncontrolled weight.

  10. How much do these fall guys get paid especially in light of having to serve lengthy prison sentences?

  11. You can find it on youtube. Unbelievable. What was he thinking? Doug Baldwin was right all along. Granted Carter is a HOF’er, but this guy just doesn’t know.

  12. Chris Carter is just another Warren Sapp. An overrated ex-player that doesn’t belong in sports broadcasting because of his ridiculous ego.

  13. Keep in mind this was at LAST years event before Sapp was arrested at the Super Bowl and while he was still employed by the NFL Network.

  14. Hahaha why did they even put it on the official NFL website in the first place? The NFL seems to have mastered and prefers self-inflicted PR damage. Long past time for new leadership.

  15. thepftpoet says:
    Cris Carter may be an idiot sometimes. And say stupid stuff.
    But…He’s still a Hall of Famer.

    We truly are a great Franchise.
    ____________________

    So is OJ. We?? Your last name Wilf or are you a former player?

    Greatness usually speaks for itself. If you have to be the one proclaiming you are a great franchise odds are you aren’t. But I can understand the confusion if you are a CC fan. He certainly said he was great long enough and loud enough and he ended up in the HOF so keep posting it and maybe at some point, in a hundred years or so, you might get there

  16. Roger Goodell NFL, sends Chris Carter and Warren Sapp to the rookie symposium lol, what could go wrong…..

  17. It’s nothing but a charade with this guy. Turd from the word go.

    I’m thinking his cushy gigs (mikemike, etc) will be done for awhile.

  18. Fall Guy , good idea to get a couple

    Patriots owner Robert Kraft advised Commissioner Roger Goodell last week that Patriots employees John Jastremski and James McNally have been indefinitely suspended without pay by the club, effective on May 6th

  19. jshawaii22 says:
    Aug 23, 2015 5:24 PM

    It’s not Politically Correct to say it… but don’t you think that Borland’s “Color” or lack of it mattered?

    Most white kids don’t have ‘crews’ or live in that environment where breaking laws was acceptable or a way of life.
    ————————
    I’ve been around this site for a long time, but this is by far the d^mbest thing I’ve read. If you really believe what you wrote, you need to take a more honest look at the world you live in. And then take a long look in your mirror.

  20. Clearly the guy at NFL.com must go. It is not just because he put a video of disgraced former NFL network employee warren Sapp. It is because of what this video’s message implicitly condones: bad behavior.

    Frankly, now it is official. Roger Goodell must go! This likely has been going on for years. For him to administer a bad message delivery and approve it must cost him his job.

    I am sorry. He is in charge of a lot of this symposium stuff. When he is giving the wrong message while trying to give the owners, players, and the public the impression that he’s trying to tell these rookies what are the right things to do, he has got to go.

    The NFL does not need Goodell the same way The NBA no longer needed David Stern. They have plenty of great players for the sport to survive and therefore there is no point in keeping him employed.

  21. I wonder if he let air out of a football? If he did, and the NFL and ESPN covered it up, I just don’t know what to think. Some crimes should just hidden.

  22. he needs to stay away from this nuanced stuff as it doesn’t work well in the media. He just needs to say – “Do the right thing” and all the two bit righteous folk will be waving their good job flag. Now, if wants to provide personal consultation on how to game the system – than by all means.

  23. He is telling the truth.

    Imagine if Irsay had his fall guy available. But he left for Denver instead.

    Now they have to focus on their participation award with another overrated QB.

  24. here we are the nfl would rather crucify a 15year vet with a spotless record than attack a mouth like cris carter. espn what are u gonna do?

  25. The NFL is corrupt from top to bottom. Any other CEO would be long gone. Those owners meetings must get pretty wild and Goodell must have the tapes.

  26. @ arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    Aug 23, 2015 6:07 PM
    Fall Guy , good idea to get a couple

    Patriots owner Robert Kraft advised Commissioner Roger Goodell last week that Patriots employees John Jastremski and James McNally have been indefinitely suspended without pay by the club, effective on May 6th ——————————————————————————————————-
    You forgot to add, at the request of the league!

  27. The NFL remains as incompetent as ever, but when you have a license to print money, just keep the same stuff going. Sports fans will never stop watching ( I have, but a minority of one doesn’t count). The NFL knows that with most of their sport fans being slightly more intelligent than a single cell amoeba, they have nothing to worry about. People may kick up a fuss every now and again, but they’ll continue to pay up every year. Over the past few years we’ve had alleged rapists, wife beaters, child beaters, but nothing has changed, it never will.

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