I’m old enough to remember when people thought sports taught you all sorts of good things. I went to engineering school and the football team was actually populated by “student athletes.”
Those days are long gone.
We’ve got the Chairman of the Black Studies Department at University of North Carolina creating courses primarily for athletes but open to all, where no attendance was required and the “students” just had to hand in a paper. In the case of the athletes it was written by a “tutor.” Everybody got the grade they needed to stay eligible.
That particular class was unique only because it was so egregious and because it went on for 20 years. The accrediting body from the Higher Learning Commission investigated and gave them a warning. UNC should have lost their academic accreditation, Lord knows if they’d been a “for-profit” college not only would their accreditation have been gone, people would have been in prison.
Well, the NFL reaps the harvest of what’s being sown in colleges. They don’t call it the National Felons League for nothing.
Cris Carter is a Hall of Famer. He and Warren Sapp talk to the Rookies every year at Rookie Camp. It’s a camp designed to introduce rookies into the high life of being a big money star. Here’s what Carter had to say this year.
The NFL spokesman was shocked. Shocked!
“This was an unfortunate and inappropriate comment made by Cris Carter during the 2014 NFC rookie symposium,” the NFL said. “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.”
“I let my own boys know … y’all want to keep rolling like this,” Carter says in the video. “Then I need to know who’s going to be the fall guy, who’s going to be driving. Y’all not going to do all the right stuff now. I got to teach y’all how to get around all this stuff.”
Let me guess. Black Lives Matter.