Sports Medley: Cris Carter Should Suspended by both ESPN and the NFL 31
by Tony Medley
As reported in ESPN The Magazine in a profile on San Francisco
linebacker Chris Borland whose resignation from the NFL at age 24 was
influenced by what Cris Carter said below, this is what NFL Hall of
Famer Carter told NFL rookies at an NFL-sponsored Rookie Symposium in
2014, over a year ago. The video was on the NFL website for a year,
until August 24, 2015, when it started to be reported and criticized and
was taken down.
Wearing his NFL Hall of Fame jacket, Carter addressed the Symposium of
“And just in case y’all not going to decide to do the right thing, if
y’all got our crew, you’ve got to have a fall guy in the crew. (NFL Hall
of Famer Warren Sapp, standing next to him, erupts in laughter).
(Carter calls Miami rookie quarterback Terry Bridgewater up to the
stage). Now, I let my homeboys know, y’all wanna keep rollin’ like this,
then I need to know who gonna be the fall guy.
Who gonna be driving? Because y’all not gonna do the right stuff, now.
Alright? So I got to teach y’all how to get around this stuff, too. If
you gonna have a crew, one of them fools got to know, he goin’ to jail.
We’ll get him out. (Sapp adds, “We’ll get him out,” to laughter among
(Addressing Bridgewater) Now, you from Miami, now. Okay? Y’all take care
of each other. Now, don’t you got a guy that would take care of you and
that would be, out, a good deal? (Bridgewater returns to his seat)
If you’re goin’ have a crew, make sure you know who gonna be the fall
guy. Okay? I know none of y’all gonna never drink late. I know none of
y’all gonna never use no drugs, and all of you gonna go to Bible study.
I realize that. But still get you a fall guy. Okay? If you’re gonna have
a crew, make sure they understand can’t nothin’ happen to you. Your name
can’t be in lights, under no circumstances. All right? Y’all understand
When it went viral, and, remember, this is a year later, Carter issued a
tweet, “seeing that video has made me realize how wrong I was. I was
brought there to educate young people and instead I gave them very bad
advice. Every person should take responsibility for his own actions. I’m
sorry and I truly regret what I said that day.”
After displaying Carter’s talk on its website for a year, the NFL then
issued a statement, “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
Chris. The comment was not repeated in the 2014 AFC session or this
Again, a year after the remarks were made and displayed on the NFL
website, ESPN issued a statement, “we completely disagree with Chris’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
Sorry, but that’s too little too late. In his presentation to the
symposium, Cris Carter unmasks himself to be a man totally devoid of a
moral compass. This is not the same as someone appearing before a group
who is drunk and spontaneously makes a fool of himself (like USC coach
Steve Sarkasian). To the contrary, Carter is a man who is scheduled to
make a planned presentation to NFL rookies to give them the benefit of
an older, experienced person on how to make things better for themselves
and to give them a set of rules by which to live. He thought about it;
he planned it. After such thought and planning, this is what he chose to
say, “get a fall guy to take the blame when you do something wrong,
which I know you’re going to do” (wink, wink).
Cris Carter attended the University of Michigan for three years, yet he
insists on speaking Ebonics instead of normal English when he is
performing on TV. But please notice that when he made his “apology”
(more on that below), he was speaking perfect English. Choosing to speak
Ebonics when he appears on shows (he is a regular on many ESPN shows,
including “Mike and Mike in the Morning”) tells a lot about the content
of his character.
His apology is hypocritical, as phony as a three dollar bill. He made
these statements in 2014. It wasn’t until they were made public a year
later and criticism cascaded down on him that he tried to retract what
he said and “apologized.” It didn’t occur to him to apologize until he
found himself the target of criticism and his career in jeopardy. Then
he says, “I’m sorry.” What he really means is, “I’m sorry y’all found
out about what I said, and I’m sorry that it’s come back to kick me in
the butt, and I’m sorry it might really jeopardize my career.” But the
fact is that he was chosen to speak to young, inexperienced men to help
them and he chose to make the disgusting presentation set forth above.
He didn’t decide to retract and “apologize” until they became public and
he could see his career going down in flames.
Now let’s go on to ESPN. Curt Schilling recently sent out a message
"It's said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of
Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?"
What Schilling said was factual, but because it was not politically
correct, ESPN immediately suspended him. So far Carter has not been
suspended, only barely slapped on the wrist for what he said. In fact,
on Monday, August 31, 2015, Carter appeared as co-host on Mike and Mike
in the Morning (speaking normal English, abandoning his Ebonics shtick)
while Schilling was booted off his job as announcer for the Little
League World Series on ESPN. What Carter said is morally damaging to
impressionable young men who look up to him, and disgraceful. All
Schilling did was simply tell a truth that is unpalatable to today’s
political correctness police who dominate the media.
Finally, there’s the NFL. Carter made these statements at the NFL’s
rookie symposium. Not only was there not a hint of criticism, the NFL
had it posted on its website for a full year! Like Carter, only when it
became a cause célèbre did the NFL take it off the website and
issue a self-serving, holier-than-thou, criticism of Carter. But because
the NFL waited a year and had the video prominently displayed,
apparently the NFL either didn’t care that Carter gave this advice to
its rookies, or it agreed with the advice.