Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter is apologizing for his advice to NFL rookies in which he advised them to "have a fall guy" if they get in trouble. 

In a video from the June 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium, the former wide receiver appeared alongside Hall of Fame defensive lineman Warren Sapp. 

Carter recalled that when he was in the league, his friends knew that if trouble arose during a night out, one of them would be the "fall guy" so that he would be protected.

Sapp appeared to nod in agreement. The 49-year-old Carter has now said that his comments were "wrong" after news reports called out the footage. 

In a statement, the NFL said an employee spoke to Carter, who is now an ESPN analyst, after the comments were made at the NFC rookie session.

"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," the league said.

The video was on NFL.com until this weekend, when it was removed after it started to go viral. 

Former NFL linebacker Chris Borland, who made headlines by retiring at age 24 to avoid concussions, brought the comments to light during a recent interview with ESPN The Magazine.

Borland did not mention Carter specifically, but recalled, "I was just sitting there thinking, 'Should I walk out? What am I supposed to do?'"

Watch the video and "America's Newsroom" discussion above.


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