Earlier this week ESPN.com did a really good story on Chris Borland and the potentially (though, hopefully not) gloomy future of football. In it Borland drops some interesting nuggets of information on what it's like to play in both college and the NFL, including this bit of legal advice from a former player that the retired linebacker refused to name:
"Get yourself a fall guy," Borland says one of the former players advised. The former player, whom Borland declined to name, told the rookies that if they ran into legal trouble, their designated fall guy would be there to take the blame and, if necessary, go to jail. "'We'll bail him out,'" Borland says the former player assured them.
Borland was appalled. "I was just sitting there thinking, 'Should I walk out? What am I supposed to do?' " he recalls. He says he didn't leave the room because he didn't want to cause a scene, but the incident stayed with him.
Well, the internet has a way of figuring things out, though this mystery was apparently not that hard to solve seeing as how the entire video is on NFL.com (though it'll almost certainly be erased at some point very soon). In it (which you can watch above) Carter tells the incoming players:
"Just in case y'all not going to decide to do the right thing, if y'all got a crew, you got to have a "fall guy" in the crew."
He then expounds upon that eyebrow raising statement as Warren Sapp nods along with it. Sapp's escapades earlier this year with a prostitute prove that the "fall guy" apparently doesn't stay loyal after you retire and your money's all gone. This, of course, is something every rookie planning on paying for sex in the future should be sure to make a note of.
Anyway, this is not going to be a good look for Carter or the league. It also appears that ESPN was unknowingly talking about one of their own analysts by adding that in to their story. But, if nothing else, this could/should serve as a good introductory "C'mon Man" for the 2015 season.
We're all about silver linings here.
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