A Better Region 8: Surround yourself with the right people

A Better Region 8: Surround yourself with the right people

A quote we hear in business all the time is "You're only as good as the people you surround yourself with."  We should always strive to surround ourselves with people who are smarter than us and have our best interests at heart.

A newly released video of ESPN NFL analyst and Hall of Fame player Cris Carter surfaced over the weekend, where Carter gave some controversial advice to some NFL rookies.

In the speech, Carter referenced a player who told him to have "a fall guy" if they decided to run afoul of the law. Carter went on to say "Just in case y'all not going to decide to do the right thing, if y'all got a crew, you got to have a 'fall guy' in the crew."

If young athletes are surrounding themselves with friends like this, then who needs enemies. The NFL and ESPN have both condemned Carter's comments, but in my eyes, the damage is already done.

So, I have a message to all the young athletes in Region 8.  It doesn't have to be this way. If you surround yourself with people who lift you up, challenge you, keep you out of trouble and help you be your best, then you won't need a member of your circle to be "the fall guy."  It's pretty simple.

And to the coaches out there, I would share Carter's comments directly with your players, and use it as an example of what not to do and, more importantly, who not to surround yourself with.

Surrounding yourself with the right people who are interested in doing the right things makes this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager

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