An NFL Hall of Famer is speaking out, insisting he did not tell rookies to break the law and have someone else take the consequences.

FOX News Radio's Chris Hoenig reports:

At the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium, Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter told first-year players...

(Carter) "Just in case y'all not gonna decide to do the right thing... if y'all got a crew, you've got to have a fall guy in the crew."

Now an analyst on ESPN's 'Monday Night Countdown,' Carter used Monday night's pregame show to apologize...

(Carter) "I can't make an excuse for what my mindset was. My heart was in the right place. I didn't use words that I was very, very proud of."

He said he regrets that choice of words...

(Carter) "I would never tell young people to break the law, to avoid prosecution. It was bad advice."

Both the NFL and ESPN have condemned Carter's comments.

Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.