Yes, once again, It's time to present this week's statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!
Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week's nominees were particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner...the envelope please...
NFL Hall Of Famer And Criminal Behavior Adviser Cris Carter!
Puma By Design : My WOTW nomination this week goes to NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter for remarks made during a 2014 speech t the NFL Rookie Symposium. Carter along with Warren Sapp imparted a little friendly advice to rookies on how "to get around" getting in trouble.
“Y’all not gonna all do the right stuff. I gotta teach yall how to get around all this stuff too. If you gonna have a crew, one of them fools got to know he going to jail...I let my own boys know … y'all want to keep rolling like this, Then I need to know who's going to be the fall guy, who's going to be driving. Y'all not going to do all the right stuff now. I got to teach y'all how to get around all this stuff."
Beating the message like a drum, Carter repeats “find a fall guy” “fool” Translation: Sucker.
One year later, the cat is out of the bag and the NFL in a statement is distancing itself from Carter’s remarks:
“This was an unfortunate and inappropriate comment made by Cris Carter during the 2014 NFC rookie symposium," the NFL said. "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 Cris. The comment was not repeated in the 2014 AFC session or this year's symposium."
“Unfortunate” “inappropriate” “not representative of the message or the symposium.” Whom are they kidding? At a time when NFL players are getting into trouble for everything from drugs to rape to domestic violence to murder, Carter’s advice speaks volume as to the mentality of the NFL, from the top down to the players.
NFL players are a commodity and their brand must be protected at all costs so instead of demanding that the players straighten up and fly right, they tell them not to get caught and if it gets too hot in the kitchen, to find a fall guy amongst their leeches.
On Sunday, Carter walked his advice back to rookies on twitter (@criscarter80):
“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.”
Getting caught out there dead to right tends to have that effect.
Remember when athletes we3re actually admired and held up to young people as role models and examples of good character? Of course, even back then a lot of stuff went on behind the scenes, but they were careful to take steps to keep it that way and were very conscious that young America's eyes were on them.
Today, many of them could simply care less. But that's part of what being a weasel is all about.Here's a little something for your trophy room, Cris..
Well, there it is.
Check back next Tuesday to see who next week's nominees for Weasel of the Week are!
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