Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver turned broadcaster Cris Carter has been canned from Fox Sports after three years at the network, cleaning out his desk at Fox Sports under supervision of security, two sources told The Big Lead.
Multiple reports circulated that Carter, a co-host of FS1’s “First Things First” morning show, was irate about not being included in Fox’s Thursday Night Football pregame coverage this season and blew up at Fox executives.
But, The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand claims the TNF snub may have had a role in his firing, but his “sources said the matter at hand is more serious.”
In the wake of Carter’s departure, let’s take a moment to remember a take hotter than any one he delivered behind a broadcast booth.
In a video talking to a group of 2014 rookies at the NFC rookie symposium alongside fellow Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, Carter advised rookies to assign a member of their crew as the “fall guy” to take ownership of any future fuckups.
“And just in case ya’ll not going to decide to do the right thing, if ya’ll got a crew, you have a fall guy in the crew.”
This public advice was so wild that Warren Sapp, a dude who was fired from the NFL Network for soliciting a prostitute, recoiled in laughter.
“Teddy [Bridgewater] come here. If they going to keep rolling on Teddy’s bankroll, because each one of ya’ll in business for yourself. This right here is Teddy Bridgewater Inc. Now, every dime that comes into Teddy is going to be earned by him and his body.
Now I let my homeboys know, ‘ya’ll wanna keep rolling like this?’ Then I need to know who’s going to be the fall guy. Who’s going to be driving? Because ya’ll not going to all do the right stuff, so I gotta teach ya’ll how to get around all this stuff too.
If you’re going to have a crew, one of them fools need to know, he’s going to jail. We’ll get him out.”
Carter later apologized after the NFL called his comments “unfortunate and inappropriate.”
In Carter’s defense, if Ray Lewis didn’t have a fall guy, the Ravens would never have built a statue of him in front of their stadium.
One man’s inflammatory comments is another man’s get of of jail free card.