The NFL is distancing itself from comments made by Hall of Famer Cris Carter at the 2014 Rookie Symposium, instructing rookies to have a "fall" guy in case of trouble.

In a recent ESPN the Magazine story, former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland revealed he was told by a former NFL player to have a “fall guy” in case he was involved in any legal trouble.

The NFL released a statement.

“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.”

 Carter can be seen saying in the video, “Just in case you all are not going to decide do the right thing, if you all got a crew, you’ve got to have a fall guy in the crew."

It sounds like great advice to me.


By Glenn Erby

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