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Cris_Carter_HOFSo 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:

  • Be on time for all team and personal commitments.
  • Do not take illegal drugs or be around anyone who does.
  • Don’t hit women.
  • Pay attention to your finances.
  • Do not carry a weapon if it’s illegal.
  • Do not associate with members of gangs.
  • If you know the difference between “right” and “wrong,” do what’s “right.”
  • Be accountable for your actions.

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?

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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