ESPN analyst: ‘I regret my words’ urging NFL rookies to find a ‘fall guy’

Video of former wide receiver Cris Carter advising young players to set up a scapegoat for their own bad behavior came to light over the weekend. Carter apologized on the air for his remarks.

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ESPN analyst Cris Carter apologized on the air for having told NFL rookies to find a “fall guy” for criminal activity or other untoward behavior.

Video of those remarks, which the former NFL wide receiver made at a rookie symposium in June 2014, spread over the weekend, prompting his apology on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown.”

Here’s part of Carter’s on-air statement:

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 to avoid prosecution. It was bad advice. I really regret my words.

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