Cris Carter Admits to Bounties
(NEW YORK) -- Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Cris Carter opened the flood gates on the subject of bounties in the NFL Tuesday on ESPN Radio.
On the "Hill and Schlereth" show on ESPN Radio, Carter admitted that he would offer money to teammates to take out players he thought were trying to take him out.
"I'm guilty of (bounties) -- I mean, first time I've ever admitted it -- but I put a bounty on guys before," Carter told show hosts Mike Hill and Mark Schlereth. "I put bounties on guys. If a guy tries to take me out, a guy takes a cheap shot on me? I put a bounty on him right now!"
Carter then clarified his statement on ESPN's "Sports Center" on Wednesday saying bounty probably wasn't the best term to use on his part, emphasizing that there was no intent to injure an opponent -- as the NFL alleges was the case in the Saints' "pay for pain" system.
"The difference is people going out of their way to hurt a player," Carter said Wednesday, "hitting a spot that we as players know is off limits, like his knees. You're not telling them to go out and get someone, you're telling them to protect you, run down the field to protect their skill guys."
Carter is currently an ESPN NFL analyst.
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