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Cris Carter should have a ‘fall guy’ for his ‘fall guy’ speech

Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter has issued an apology for telling NFL rookies at a league symposium in 2014 that they should “get a fall guy” to help them avoid trouble. Carter posted his apology on Twitter after an ESPN article drew attention to the remarks he made during a presentation last year.
Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter has issued an apology for telling NFL rookies at a league symposium in 2014 that they should “get a fall guy” to help them avoid trouble. Carter posted his apology on Twitter after an ESPN article drew attention to the remarks he made during a presentation last year. Associated Press file

This, that and the other thing:

▪ Were you surprised it was Cris Carter, the former Vikings wide receiver turned studio analyst, who told incoming rookies before the 2014 NFL season that they should find “a fall guy” to take the heat – even go to jail – if they got caught driving under the influence, holding a bag of weed or worse?

Yeah, me neither.

Funny, I don’t recall Carter thanking his “fall guy” or “one of them fools” during his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

▪ Maurice Clarett, the former Ohio State football star whose NFL career was derailed before it started, didn’t have a “fall guy” to take the rap for his sins against society, including armed robbery and evading police while in possession of a loaded AK-47 and two loaded handguns and wearing body armor.

66-59 The Giants’ record entering Wednesday and the same mark they had last season after 125 games

Instead of a Broncos uniform, Clarett wore prisoner’s garb at the Toledo Correctional Institution for 31/2 years.

▪ Clarett now visits universities nationwide to deliver a motivational speech to football programs that Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher calls the “most real” he’s heard in 28 years of coaching, according to ESPN.com. Clarett advises college players to stay away from the wrong people who want to be friends for the wrong reasons and for young athletes to start learning how to be accountable for their actions.

▪ Since Carter’s speech came to light in an ESPN The Magazine story about retired 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, Carter has apologized for delivering the wrong message to rookies. He said watching a tape of the year-old speech made him realize his mistake. Really? He couldn’t hear the words coming out of his mouth the first time?

▪ Cheer up, Giants fans. Even though the Giants had lost six of eight entering Wednesday night, their 66-59 record was the same as last season after 125 games.

And 2014 didn’t end so badly, did it?

Victor Contreras: 916-326-5527, vcontreras@sacbee.com, @sacbeevictor

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