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24th Aug 2015

NFL players told to get a “fall guy” in their crew at league orientation event

Kevin Beirne

When young athletes go pro, their lives can change overnight as they suddenly start earning money most of us could only dream of.

In order to help young players handle this transition properly, the NFL organises an annual “Rookie Symposium” where former stars dole out advice to those just entering the league.

While it may seem that the NFL are encouraging more responsibility among young players, a clip from the 2014 event has surfaced online, showing Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter handing out some questionable advice.

In the clip, Carter advises rookies to find a “fall guy” in their group of friends who can take the blame for them if they get into some legal trouble, saying:

“Y’all not going to all do the right stuff now. So I’ve got to teach you how to get around all this stuff, too. If you’re going to have a crew, one of them fools got to know he going to jail. We’ll get him out.”

Carter has since apologised on Twitter:

The video was still available on the NFL website just hours before Carter’s apology: