Cris Carter: I can’t make an excuse, but my heart was in the right place

AP

ESPN opened tonight’s edition of Monday Night Countdown with an apology from analyst Cris Carter over his comments from the 2014 rookie symposium that came to light over the weekend.

Carter, who said at the symposium that young players should have a “fall guy” to take the blame if they’re ever in trouble with the law, said tonight that he regrets what he said.

“It’s really hard to go through my thought process,” Carter said. “I can’t make an excuse for what my mindset was. My heart was in the right place. I didn’t use words that I was very proud of. It’s not the kind of advice I would offer young people. I would never tell young people to break the law or avoid prosecution. It was bad advice. I really, really regret my words when I heard them come back to me. And more importantly it hurt young people and it hurt them in their approach to the National Football League. So I take it very, very seriously. I do regret that day. I hope moving forward that the NFL still has enough trust in me and has me connected to their young people.”

Carter vowed not to let anything like that happen again.

“I hope I learn from it and I hope it makes me better and I hope my reaction in the next situation is better,” Carter said.

ESPN and the NFL have distanced themselves from Carter’s comments, but ESPN did not suspend Carter. He remains on the air, sounding chastened.

152 responses to “Cris Carter: I can’t make an excuse, but my heart was in the right place

  1. So we know that telling people to avoid taking responsibility for their actions is being in the right place.

  2. after that statement.. not seeing the flaw, not understanding how completely wrong that is.. you have to fire him ! See if Carter has a fall guy for this one..

  3. Hey son,
    When you get into trouble, do not take responsibility for your actions, let someone else take the blame, then when you grow up and become a loser you will at least know my heart was in the right place.

    Chris that does not make sense!!

  4. So sad to see this! And Goodell and his goons tried to cover this up? Free Brady! Free Brady now, I say.

  5. It was anything but PC but probably the most sound and realistic advice given out at the whole symposium.

    They say common sense isn’t so common but how hard is it to grasp the following? You can afford to have guys whose entire job it is to keep you out of trouble: Hire those guys. And if you encounter any gray areas make sure to have an employee or a hanger-on take care of it for you. Same goes for driving after drinking: Hire somebody to drive you around. You look richer that way PLUS it keeps you out of trouble.

  6. Why WOULD ESPN suspend him? He didn’t speak truth to power nor say something to offend the hypersensitive social media crowd. THAT’s what gets you suspended at ESPN.

  7. “It’s not the kind of advice I would offer young people. I would never tell young people to break the law or avoid prosecution.”

    Umm, that is actually, literally, exactly what you did.

  8. “ESPN and the NFL have distanced themselves from Carter’s comments, but ESPN did not suspend Carter.”

    No, they only suspend guys that speak ill of the commissioner.

    The NFL dismissed the comments as “unfortunate” and “inappropriate”. In short, advising rookies to commit fraud was termed unlucky and not proper.

  9. Ridiculous! I suppose since he has never been falsely accused of being generally aware of someone maybe letting a whiff of air out of a football, ESPN gives him a pass. It’s not like he actually told impressionable young men to go ahead and break the law as long as you can get a friend to take the fall. Wait…

    ESPN and the NFL are an absolute disgrace to anyone with a conscience. I give up-it is beyond belief what fans are expected to swallow.

  10. I’ve listened to Chris Carter long enough to know that he’s a good guy. He’s one of the few people on TV or the radio that I will stop what I’m doing to listen to.

  11. Nobody is going to listen to you anyway old man. Don’t be so hard on yourself. I forgive you.
    Go Buckeyes!!!

  12. I would of canned him if the network did their initial job in the first place. Sort of like the Ray Rice case. He still sucks as a broadcaster though. ..

  13. fanopft says:
    Aug 24, 2015 7:18 PM
    This how many Super bowl rings Chris Carter has:

    This is how many Brady has: 4

    ___________________

    This how many times Carter has been suspended for cheating and lying:

    This is how many times Brady has been suspended for cheating and lying: 4

  14. tonebones says:
    Aug 24, 2015 7:19 PM

    I’ve listened to Chris Carter long enough to know that he’s a good guy. He’s one of the few people on TV or the radio that I will stop what I’m doing to listen to.

    _______________________________________.

    You have serious issues. Get help soon!

  15. Mogogo1, like Chris Carter, is just giving up on humanity. In their estimation, no one can make a wise choice, they always need to hedge a bet against their own stupidity. Get serious men, these are adults and they can make a good choice, and most of them do and the ones that don’t need to be weeded out. Playing in the NFL is too much of a privilege to waste on idiots.

    We need to expect more out of each other, not less.

  16. I don’t regret agreeing with Chris… My only regret was not having a fall guy a few moths ago. I messed up on that one.

    -W. Sapp

  17. Don’t sugarcoat it. He advised the rookies to commit fraud if they were in a legal predicament and to pre-plan for such a circumstance. The NFL covered up what was said by trading media access for silence. Then, being the idiots they are, the NFL put the video of Cris Carter’s comment on their website, taking down only after being outed.

    He is now saying his heart was in the right place.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  18. A Raider talking about cheating? You forget the Al Davis days? 2nd, you said Pats have been caught cheating 4 times, can you name all 4? You cant because its not true. Its not the 1980’s son, you guys are not relevant

  19. greenbaychicksarefat says:
    Aug 24, 2015 7:14 PM

    ESPN will never fire anyone. They would hire Aaron Hernandez as an analyst if they could.
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    They couldn’t have been in more of a hurry to fire those two guys that were critical of Boss Goodell.

  20. I think the main take away from all of this is who the real cris carter really is. He isn’t saying, make smart decisions, stay out of trouble, and do the right thing. He is saying, do whatever you want. If you find yourself in legal trouble, just pay someone cash to take responsibility for your mess ups. Wow. Real class act. Wonder how many times carter messed up after he “turned his life around”, only we didn’t know about it cuz he had a “fall guy”… You know, like Ray Lewis did. Too bad Aaron Hernandez didn’t get to hear this compelling speech…

  21. raidernation210 says:

    This is how many times Brady has been suspended for cheating and lying: 4
    ——————–

    4 times? When were the other 3 suspensions?

  22. Chris, you live in the age of social media. It’s a giant online Puritan village teeming with hordes of envious, self-righteous, unwashed masses ready to toss around scarlet letters for the slightest of miscues.

    No misstatement is too minuscule to excite their wrath and sense of being wronged.

    Get with the times, buddy.

  23. Goodell runs the NFL which means Goodell runs ESPN! Thank you Tom Brady for pioneering what will be a historic event in our nation by soon winning your case and opening Pandora’s box on the NFL’s ways.

  24. The only mistake Carter made is believing anyone takes anything he says seriously. From the day this guy showed up at Eagles training camp a thousand years ago he has been a first class, 100%, gold plated phony. If you want a good comparison, I’d advise you to check out (born again, wink wink)Irving Fryar. In each man’s world absolutely nothing is on the level and everything is just another hustle.

  25. the most damning thing about this extreme lack of judgement by Chris Carter was the fact that the NFL and ESPN have known or should have know about this for a YEAR!

    They only have done something ro rectify this travesty because they have had to, and no other reason. If the NFL hadn’t been jerks to Chris Borland, he wouldn’t have told about the symposium, and no one would have connected the comment to Chris Carter.

    Besides ESPN can’t suspend or get rid of Chris Carter, if they did there would be one less Patriot basher on the roster, and lord knows THAT can’t happen at ESPN.

  26. In his statement on the show, Carter also said he has participated in the Rookie Symposium “15 or 20 times.” He did not say something off the cuff. It’s probably the same thing he says each time he speaks before the rookies.

    Think about the number of idiots he influenced year after year with this advice.

    No, he is not sorry he said what he said. He is sorry he was caught.

    This shaming could not have happened to a nicer guy.

  27. His advice was for a certain segment of players.

    Some players will feel the advice doesn’t apply to them, since they don’t plan to live the type of lifestyle that might require a fall guy.

    Some players (like Borland), found it disgusting.

    This advice is for star players who have every intention of living a high-risk lifestyle. Players that the fans and owners would not want to see taken off the field.

    I have no doubt there are plenty of fall guys in the entourage.

    Maybe the fact that the NFL had the vid on their own website for a year is why Carter seems to be squeaking by without getting canned.

  28. Let’s face it. If the goal is to keep a player from going to jail this was GREAT advice. The problem is that the media got a hold of it and now everyone has to backpedal and act outraged over what they have probably been telling players for years. This is a non-issue in my mind.

  29. Klemko and MMQB tried to protect you, Cris, by covering up your remarks. It was the NFL that exposed you. Fortunately for you, the NFL seems aware of this and they haven’t ordered ESPN to fire you.

  30. He is lucky this all happened AFTER he got into the HOF. or else his wait would still be going.

  31. His heart was in the right place. You can do what you want so long as you have somebody to take the rap. That’s a good thing to teach

  32. You only get suspended/fired from ESPN if you say something disparaging about the commish and his parade of yes-men.

    Telling a bunch of impressionable 20-somethings that they can break the law and get away with it is not something that espn truly frowns upon.

  33. I used to like Cris Carter when he played football. That took a dramatic turn afterward.

  34. I’m not sure he should be fired at espn but for sure he should never go back to an nfl event as a league spokesman. That’s a no brainer. And Warren Sapp should have never been hired for anything. Way worse guy than cris carter

  35. In lieu of firing or suspending Cris Carter, ESPN has decided to give him a bump in pay, his own prime time show, and an ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

  36. Saw the video.

    Can you imagine that this is the best the NFL has to mentor these rookies. Are you serious? What a joke they were.

    There had to have been others in the room just wondering what the NFL thought they were to send in these two morons in to give ‘advice’.

    This was disrespectful to those in the room to put individuals like Carter and Sapp in front of this group to mentor. How embarassing!

  37. LOL, i find it hilarious how many people are screaming for ESPN to fire Cris Carter!

    WHY would ESPN fire him? I don’t see how ESPN has any responsibility or business relationship to The Rookie Symposium nor was CC there, or being paid to be there as an Employee or Business Associate or a Representative of any kind for ESPN.

    He was there as a representative of the NFL Hall Of Fame yes!! a former long career player in the NFL yes!! It is definitely understandable if he were immediately reconsidered, had all/any future appearances as a representative of the NFL and/or released from any/all NFL sponsored and/or supported events and engagements going forward. If not, I would have to agree, would be insane!

    However, it’s a little odd to think his job at ESPN would be in jeopardy.

    That’s like asking your local Hospital to fire a very successful surgeon because someone asked him to come speak at their Elk’s Lodge fundraiser and he ended up saying things that were considered “out of line”!

  38. CC continues to have an excuse for everything. ESPN shows their character once more as well in not firing CC. Used ESPN to get in the HOF and now show his class in his actions which he is not held accountable for. His cronies on the NFL segment of ESPN should be proud of the brother. This why he hasn’t been punished and fired by ESPN

  39. nyyjetsknicks says:
    Aug 24, 2015 7:18 PM
    He should have a fall guy for stupid comments.
    ————————–
    His stage buddy Warren Sapp seems to have been practicing that role.

  40. He said some regrettable things. He completely owned up and accepted accountability. I think he is one of the most insightful, honest sportscasters.

  41. What is this, the third or fourth ESPN personality that has been offensive or abusive and all they get is a slap on the wrist, if that. So basically, ESPN lacks morals

  42. He shouldn’t be fired for speaking the truth, if you F up, u should find a fall guy so you can keep partying at a high level, everybody who parties knows that….CC just keepin it real

  43. Cris Carter, Warren Sapp, Darren Sharper, Ray Lewis…..all hired by NFL…

    Way to promote “the integrity of the game” Roger….

    Get your resume ready…..

  44. Somewhere Rob Parker and his attorney are just licking their lips waiting for the backlash. And you can’t tell me this is the first time Carter has watched that video clip. He probably laughed about it w/friends dozens of times. Now he’s in risk of losing his job and has to eat crow. There’s no difference between what Parker did and what Carter. They’re both equally wrong and should be equally punished.

  45. You couldn’t make this up and have one single soul believe it. Somewhere Bill Simmons is laughing and Keith Olbermann is shaking his head and rolling his eyes.

  46. Not only does this guy think that he should keep his cushy job at ESPN, but he also wants to keep cashing in on those kids at the symposium from the NFL.

    This guy absolutely does not get it, and should have been fired yesterday.

  47. Long time Minnesota Vikings fan going back to the Bud Grant Jim Finks days… Cris Carter you are an embarrassment to football players in general… You were when you played and you are off the field… It was only your talent game day that was appreciated over your non-game day actions

  48. All this proves is that this guy runs his mouth so much, he doesn’t know what kind of manure is running out of it.

  49. Since the NFL told Judge Berman there was No evidence Tom Brady tampered with footballs , it’s obvious that those of you making references about the ball boys , who also denied tampering, are just headline readers. Or haters.
    Interesting Wells & Pash left their denials out of the report.

  50. One little comment and he deserves this reaction? Wow, you all must be a ball to work or hang out with.

  51. Interesting enough he just now regrets it when he said it 2 years ago….probably been telling all the kids he trains the same crap…..now its clear why his kid has had a hard time growing up with the kind of direction he got at home…..

  52. How can lame Pats fans try to turn EVERY story into something about the pats. Now THAT’S lame.

  53. At the very least, just as Peter King did…CC offered up an apology for his actions. That weasel Mort has remained silent. He is so connected to God del he fears losing his position as #1 propaganda spinner for the NFL. I am not a Chris Carter apologist by any means but this ESPN/Commissioners Office love fest has gone on far too long. Take action…switch it to NBC Sports or fox Sports 1!!

  54. This all might have worked out ok for Carter if he had just followed his own advice, and got himself a fall guy.

  55. “Cris Carter: I can’t make an excuse, but my heart was in the right place”
    _______________________

    But where was his brain?

  56. Your heart?

    It is your brain and your mouth that makes people want to throw a brick at their TV you mumbling clown.

  57. I find it very fascinating how we judge the opinions these guys have and the comments these guys make about anything other than football when given a platform.

    I don’t really give a crap what they have to say or how they want to live their lives outside of football, but he was asked by the NFL to speak to these young impressionable men at the rookie symposium.

    I would hope that my son would have more sense than to listen to this fool if ever given the privilege to play in the league. I like to think most people would raise their kids that way.

    In any event, Goodel and this current administration keeps looking like incompetent fools.

    A regime change is needed.

  58. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Aug 24, 2015 7:47 PM

    If he was white he would have been fired yesterday.
    ————————————————————–
    Totally agree.

  59. If the NFL held the entire Saints organization accountable for Gregg Williams’ locker room bounty comments, then the organizers of the rookie symposium need to be held to the same standard for Cris Carter’s comments. Punishment goes all the way to the top. Seriously, what is worse, encouraging a player to injure an opponent in a game, or telling him to evade the law with a “fall guy” who goes to jail for him? Unless the NFL can produce some type of evidence that they followed up with all players at the symposium and told them to ignore Carter’s advice, this seems like it should be the straw that breaks the camel’s back on Goodel’s tenure. How can the NFLPA, owners, fans, or law enforcement ever again trust the NFL’s investigations into off-the-field issues after something like this?

  60. “kingpel says:
    Aug 24, 2015 7:48 PM
    Let’s face it. If the goal is to keep a player from going to jail this was GREAT advice. The problem is that the media got a hold of it and now everyone has to backpedal and act outraged over what they have probably been telling players for years. This is a non-issue in my mind.”

    Now that mind is a place I don’t want to see…

    Bad advice by a guy who obviously has a fall guy now reevaluating his spot in the crew…

    His job shouldn’t be in jeopardy at ESPN as this was not related to his work there, but his credibility and advice-giving is now in question, and I would no longer allow him to coach my son as a young football player, as he does as part of his life’s routine…

    Talk about an influence to keep away from your kids…

  61. fbwangus8736 says:
    Aug 24, 2015 7:12 PM
    How is He not fired after this crap?
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    Because he’s got a great smile for television and he’s in the Hall of Fame. By definition, he can never be fired (and he knows it).

  62. Why he has a job on TV is beyond me. Andre Reed was a better receiver and is a better human being. ESPN wouldn’t hire him though because he wouldn’t meet the BS hot takes quota. Carter should be put out to pasture and he should take Ditka with him.

  63. Pat fans are so self-centered. I think I could speak for many fans that don’t root for the pats. I don’t care if your precious Brady gets suspended or not. I am tired of pats fans crying on every post on how Brady was done wrong. I can understand if this was a post about the pats but it is not. Not everything is about the pats and everyone is not out to get the pats.

  64. Fuhrer Goodell ensures d.b.’s like Cris Carter, Ray Lewis, and Chris Mortensen have ESPN jobs, while Tedy Bruschi has been MIA for several weeks now.

  65. Always liked the player and the NFL analyst. But that was unimaginably stupid. To suggest using one of your friends and to not be a man and own your actions? Appalling. This is why NFL players are the ones getting busted regularly.

  66. Carter’s message has been of personal responsibility and to get help regarding addiction so I hope we think long and hard before calling for his job. He can only apologize and I’m sure he is embarrassed because he is proud to help people with issues and this distracts from his general message.

  67. ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for calling Roger Goodell a liar and does not suspend Carter for encouraging others to break the law. Simmons made that company $millions and Carter is just another talking head. This is a bit ironic.

  68. This just figures -after all he was a Viking and they are noted for not being the smartest. I wonder who was supposed to take the fall for the party boat??

  69. I don’t see how his words could mean anything other than “have yourself a scapegoat”. For him to pretend like it meant anything else is a joke.

  70. “I would never tell young people to break the law or avoid prosecution.”

    Except you literally just did. That is what you told a room full of young men who were told by the NFL to listen to you. Which is a whole different problem, giving us one more reason to question the leadership at the NFL, they put Sapp and Carter up there to guide young men without a clear understanding of what they were going to say?

  71. Lemme fix that for you Mr. Carter:

    “It IS the kind of advice I give young people, I’m just not happy I was caught doing it. I DID tell people to break the law and avoid prosecution, I just wish it hadn’t been recorded. I really really regret getting caught expressing my true feelings. Please don’t fire me though I’m sure I’d be calling for a firing if it had been anyone else!”

    Also, this was NOT a “reaction”, this was a premeditated, planned out speech. You probably went over these thoughts MANY times before actually speaking them, so don’t think we’re fools Mr. Carter.

  72. When he complained about being pulled over by the police after work and the cops treatment of him….can’t trust what he says….

  73. denverscott says:
    Aug 24, 2015 9:16 PM

    How can lame Pats fans try to turn EVERY story into something about the pats. Now THAT’S lame

    you must mean this type of comment, right?

    voiceofreason01 says:
    Aug 24, 2015 7:18 PM

    This explains why brady tried to pin it all on his fall guys mcnally & jastremski.

    Carter is a phony who ripped the Pats every chance he could. sauce for the goose

  74. I, for one, am so sick of this kne-jerk reaction. Don’t like what an analyst, who is paid to give his opinion says?

    START A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO GET HIM FIRED!

    What happened to America being a potpourri of different ideas? What happened to free thought and expression?

    Now, if people don’t agree with your opinion, you are lucky if they don’t try and get you fired.

    At some point, people aren’t going to want to express their opinions if they can be viewed as risque.

    Ridiculous.

  75. arrogantnation says:Aug 24, 2015 7:13 PM

    Out of all the available options I can’t believe the NFL had Cris Carter and Warren Sapp providing guidance.
    ********************************************
    Completely agree… NFL should NOT hire ex-NFL players for this consortium… they should hire people outside of professional sports like entrepreneurs, financial planners, etc.. or at the very least hire motivational speakers who may be able to reach some of these idiots like Chris Herron or Chris Sandy.

  76. What is this He owned up to it took responsibility for his word or actions, come on people taking responsibility starts before you open your mouth or commit your crime.
    Owning up to and taking responsibility after the fact is called excuses. CC said what he did because that is how he thinks, it is more important you learn how to get out of trouble than how to live your life as a productive part of society and roll model for future players.

  77. First of all, he didn’t say this on television. He said it and regrets it. I happen to think that C.C. loves him some C.C. and is smug. Bad advice is not a reason to lose your broadcasting job. If the NFL wants to call on someone else to host the rookie symposium, that is understandable. As far as broadcasters are concerned, they are paid to offer their opinions and often become disliked by trolls around the country. I find it hypocritical of the networks to hire someone for their opinions and insight and then run and hide. As soon as they say something controversial, they pull out the pink slips.

    Signed,

    A Troll

  78. I’m a Patriot’s fan and I can’t stand the guy, but really?? He’s that bad because he basically gave them advice that probably is a lot more true than we all realize? He has been self righteous against the Patriots, he has been an idiot, but he doesn’t deserve all this…just like we don’t.

  79. a) Carter’s an idiot. I’m thinking ESPN will let him finish out his contract, then not bring him back. It will depend on whether the issue stays in the spotlight.

    b) King didn’t apologize; he admitted that he made an error trusting his sources. In other words, he excused himself…and you swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

    c) Brady is still guilty and you don’t let child-a off the hook because child-b is also bad, so cut with the rationalizations, Pats-homers. It hasn’t worked for the last 6+ months.

  80. This is getting very little play in the major media. even here on PFT there is very little blow-back on the owners and their major partners, Disney (ESPN) and and Time Warner (SI-MMQB).

    If not for Judge Berman exposing Goodell and the NFL, we would still be living with the public perception promoted by Time’s cover of Goodell praising him as “The Enforcer” being the reality.

    Not surprising it is independent voices like Sally Jenkins at the Washington Post, the New York Times, John Dowd (his own blog), the fired Bill Simmons, and Matt Taibi at Rolling Stone that are challenging the major media’s covering up of the real Roger Goodell.

  81. READ THROUGH THE LINES HIS COMMENT BELOW>>>>>>

    Prentices say what he really means and thinks!

    It’s really hard to go through my thought process,” Carter said. “I can’t make an excuse for what my mindset was. ( here is his first excuse) My heart was in the right place. I didn’t use words that I was very proud of. It’s not the kind of advice I would offer young people.( but I did anyway) I would never tell young people to break the law or avoid prosecution.(oh but I did tell them to have someone else take the fall for when they break the law) It was bad advice. ( but I sounded cool saying it) I really, really regret my words ( because I got caught 14 months later) when I heard them come back to me. And more importantly it hurt young people and it hurt them in their approach to the National Football League. So I take it very, very seriously.( that I got caught because I could end up without a job Hello Warren Sapp) I do regret that day. (because someone ratted me out) I hope moving forward that the NFL still has enough trust in me and has me connected to their young people.”( Yeah I blew it and didn’t say anything about until I got caught and you should still trust me)
    Carter vowed not to let anything like that happen again.( Get caught at least on tape)
    “I hope I learn from it ( YOU hope you learned from it??? You mean you’re not positive you learned from it) and I hope it makes me better and I hope my reaction in the next situation is better,” Carter said.
    ESPN and the NFL have distanced themselves from Carter’s comments, but ESPN did not suspend Carter. He remains on the air, sounding chastened.( and sighing a deep deep breath He still has a job)

  82. Ah yes Blue Falcons are nothing but heart.

    Traits of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, uses extreme terms like “always” & “never” to describe thoughts and/or actions.

  83. The problem isn’t Chris Carter, it’s the fact that all the sports shows hand jobs which require intelligence over to all these former players, many of whom are not very smart.

    Howard Cosell was right. As much of an over-blown arrogant jerk as Cosell could be, he called the trend to give unqualified former jocks these jobs, “jockocracy”. He said it was wrong to give guys who never took a single class or had a minute of experience in reporting these top jobs without making them start at the bottom and learn.

    I could name dozens of former players right off the top of my head who were handed these jobs and were — or are — horrible at it.
    Start with Michael Irvin. He is dumber than dirt, but because he has a big mouth and is controversial, they love him.
    So — ESPN, NFL NETWORK, FOX, CBS, NBC, and ABC you reap what you sow.

  84. Talking out of both sides of his mouth. You can”t have it both ways…how was his heart in the right place? Next rookie symposium will have Ray Rice and Gregg Hardy speaking on how to treat your significant other.

  85. Ok he apologized and it was sincere, lets not go over board here….the PC people are out in force looking for the next victim to tear down….let it go and move on….

  86. Jax4 says:
    Aug 24, 2015 7:52 PM
    Should be fired and stripped from the HOF

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Guys in the Hall of Fame have been arrested for soliciting prostitutes (some of which were underage), drugs and murder. You want Cris Carter kicked out for being an idiot? Grab some perspective. It was stupid to say, but it is far from the worst thing a Hall of Famer has ever done.

    He doesn’t deserve to be tossed out of the Hall. He doesn’t deserve to be fired from ESPN. He doesn’t deserve an invite back to the Rookie Symposium to speak. He does deserve a good ding upside the head for saying this in public, instead of saying it in private like just about every sports agent that has ever had a client.

  87. Carter’s former teammate Mitch Berger was on the radio in Vancouver yesterday, and the way in which he carved up Carter was nothing short of amazing. Bottom line is that he thinks Carter is a phony, a bully and a blowhard, and that Carter’s comments reflect who he is as a person very accurately.

    In light of Berger’s comments, here’s a question – has there been even one former teammate of Carter’s stand up for him in the last day or so? None that I’ve heard…

  88. ESPN, home to one of the trashiest shows on tv……First Take… That’s all you need to know about ESPN.

  89. I wonder if Warren Sapp spoke to the rookies about how to solicit a prostitute without getting caught… Why in the world would they select either of these guys to offer guidance to the young players???

  90. Look Carter was just being real…with all the arrests happening in the league lately its actually pretty smart to have a fall guy…lets not act like these guys are choir boys

  91. “It’s not the kind of advice I would offer young people. I would never tell young people to break the law or avoid prosecution.”

    Except that one time you did…

  92. Chris Carter has stated many times he was a mentor to Randy Moss when they were with the Vikings. I have two things to say about that.

    One, I’ve never heard Randy Moss say that was the case.

    Two, if he was a mentor for Moss, he did a lousy job of it.

    It’s like Michael Irvin. If you believe all the things Irvin says about himself, he was the Godfather of the NFL. He’s always pounding his chest saying he was this or that to other players.

    The truth is, he wasn’t close to being that for anyone. Listen to Troy Aikman on that subject, sometime. He said Irvin couldn’t be a mentor for himself, let alone other players.

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