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More than a year after Carter made the remarks at the league-sponsored event, the NFL condemned the message.

“This was an unfortunate and inappropriate comment made by Cris Carter during the 2014 NFC rookie symposium,” the league said in a statement. “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.”

Jets safety Calvin Pryor, a rookie in 2014, said he didn’t think Carter was sending the wrong message.

“Not at all. He’s speaking real life,” Pryor said. “He’s been through a lot. People such as myself and others can relate to it, and some can’t. So it’s however you want to take it.”

Carter’s career arc has long made him a go-to resource for young players. He has admitted that drug abuse nearly derailed his career while he was with the Philadelphia Eagles, and it wasn’t until he cleaned his act up after being claimed off waivers by the Vikings that he became a star in the league.

Carter made the Pro Bowl eight times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

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