So you get hired by the National Football League to talk to the rookies about how to survive in the league, what to do – and what not to do both on and off the field.
And your message to all the rookies is “have a fall guy to blame troubles on.”
Worse – it came out of the mouth of Cris Carter, a Hall of Fame receiver – while wearing his Hall of Fame jacket!
Accountability in the workforce (and in life!) – whether in an office environment, on an assembly-line or on a football field, is not to be understated.
NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley didn’t shy away from not wanting to be a role model. Nearly 15 years ago in a Nike commercial, he came right out and said it:
“I'm not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids.”
Carter, on the other hand, was speaking at the annual NFL Rookies Symposium. In that position, he IS a role model.
Too bad he said “blame someone else” instead of:
Carter has since apologized via Twitter:
"Seeing that video has made me realize how wrong I was," he said. "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."
Is that enough?