NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Plaxico Burress says Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter fumbled his chance to give advice to last year’s incoming crop of NFL players.
Carter has been widely criticized for his comments during the rookie symposium in 2014, when he told NFC prospects to have a “fall guy” to take the hit for any off-field trouble.
“I’ve NEVER tried to blame somebody for my choices, decisions and the consequences I suffered,” Burress tweeted on Monday. “I looked in the mirror first!”
Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub in Nov. 2008 — just nine months removed from his Super Bowl-clinching catch for the New York Giants — and spent nearly two years in jail after pleading guilty to an ensuing gun charge. The 38-year-old is currently wrapped up in a N.J. tax evasion case.
Carter’s comments came to light after an ESPN the Magazine profile on Chris Borland, who retired after his rookie year with San Francisco citing long-term health concerns. In the issue, Borland said he was taken aback by a speech during the symposium on avoiding legal trouble. He declined to name the speaker.
But the video featuring Carter was posted on — and later deleted from — the NFL’s official website. Carter, now an analyst for ESPN, apologized Sunday amid the backlash.