Cris Carter, the oughta-be Hall of Fame wide receiver, committed a Class A felony earlier this week against the NFL honor code.
No, the crime wasn't that Carter paid bounties to teammates for "protection" against threatening defenders during his 16-year NFL career. The crime was that he admitted it publicly and pulled back the curtain a little too far on the NFL.
Which makes fans a bit uncomfortable.
First rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about Fight Club.
"I put a little change on his head before the game," Carter said on ESPN's "Hill and Schlereth" radio show, speaking of hard-hitting linebacker Bill Romanowski. "Protect myself. Protect my family. That's the league I grew up in."
As of late, the league Carter grew up in has begun to sound like Chicago mobs of the 1920s: Take this guy out! Put money on that guy's head! Or, as the top scapegoat of the NFL's culture of violence, former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, said: "Kill the head and the body ...