Just What The NFL Needed
August 27, 2015
In the wake of recent multiple public relations nightmares, the NFL was back in the news over the weekend for some controversial comments made by Hall of Famer Cris Carter while he was advising the 2014 rookie class.
Someone attending the rookie symposium released a video showing Carter addressing the rookies with the following statement.
“Because all you guys aren’t going to do the right stuff. I need to teach to you how to get around all of this stuff too. If you have a crew, one of them fools need to know that they’re going to jail. I know a lot of you aren’t going to drink, I know a lot of you aren’t going to use drugs but still get yourself a fall guy.”
A league representative advising players to not take responsibility for their own actions. To hire a “fall guy” to take the hit for any of the player’s transgressions that may be unlawful.
Yes, the NFL came out with a statement denouncing Carter’s comments. Even though the video has been on the league’s website for over a year.
This league has revenues of more than $10 billion a year. You would think they could do better than have Carter as a spokesman advising rookies to have a “fall guy.”
Integrity Consultant Cris Carter
But you know, Carter was right in some respects. Athletes in their early 20s with million dollar salaries and entering the world of professional sports for the first time are not always going to do the right thing. They are going to make mistakes, and their lives will be more complicated than many of us can imagine. And even though a high majority of them have been pampered since their youth, I would think sounder advice could be given. How about advising them to employ a designated driver who has good instincts for when it’s time to leave the club.
And while I am at it, what about Carter’s co-speaker on the video in question, Warren Sapp?
Sapp was one of the best defensive tackles to ever play the game, Sapp was arrested after the 2015 Super Bowl on suspicion of soliciting prostitutes and then assaulting them (he entered into diversion programs to avoid charges). More recently, Sapp was charged with domestic battery for an incident involving his girlfriend.
Again, you would think the NFL could come up with some better choices on speakers. Sapp must have lost his “fall guy” after he retired. He clearly does not know how to be responsible for his own actions.
Most NFL players last only a few years in the league. Players come and go. The fame is short-lived for most. As is the money. Using Carter and Sapp as exemplars of wisdom for how best to make it in pro football didn’t make much sense.
Of course, commissioner Roger Goodell is still busy with Deflate-gate. Can you believe this is still going on?
If Goodell really cared about the players, do you think the league would have left the Carter video on its website. Only public outcry got the video removed. And I have yet to hear Goodell apologize for allowing the league to trot out Carter without having a clue to what kind of guidance was going to be given.
Benjamin Injury Hurts
The Carolina Panthers chances of capturing a third straight NFC South title took a severe hit last week when Kelvin Benjamin suffered a season-ending knee injury.
The news is devastating as wide receiver is one position where the Panthers have little depth and not a great deal of talent.
It is not just that Benjamin, as a rookie, was the team’s leading wide receiver in 2014, hauling in 73 passes for 1,008 yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns. It is that he is basically the team’s only effective wide receiver.
The injury leaves veteran Jerricho Cotchery as the team’s top receiver. He would be a number three receiver on most NFL teams at best. After him, there are names like Devin Funchess, Corey Brown, Ted Ginn, Brenton Bersin, and Jarrett Boykin.
Hardly inspiring names or talents.
It is time for Cam Newton to make the players around him better if Carolina is to have a successful 2015 season.
College Football Polls Are Out
Even though my regular readers know I am against pre-season polls, they are out. The only good thing about them in my eyes is that it means the season openers must be close.
Here are some of my early thoughts on this season’s first polls.
Yes, Ohio Sate is the first-ever unanimous AP Pre-season No. 1 team. But did you know of the six previous teams to get 90%+ of AP Pre-season #1 votes, none of them when on to win national championships?
The SEC dominated the poll again. Check these numbers out. Again, file this in the “did you know” file. Did you know that the SEC, both this year and last year, placed eight teams in the preseason top 25, six in its top 18, and three in its top 10.
There are some new kids in town though. TCU and Baylor have their highest-ever preseason rankings, and Michigan State has its highest preseason ranking since 1967. And this is the first AP preseason poll without either Texas, Florida or Nebraska since 1957.