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No charges for Cromartie

Earlier this week, police reportedly recommended that the San Diego City Attorney pursue Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

But now they’ve apparently changed their minds.

“Based on our investigation we have determined that there is not enough
evidence to indicate that a crime occurred
,” San Diego Police Department spokesperson Monica Munoz said, per  “The case has been
inactivated and will not be sent anywhere for prosecution.”

Cromartie had admitted to throwing a bottle of champagne, but he claimed that it had slipped out of his hands.  Apparently, someone decided that Cromartie is telling the truth or, alternatively, that there was no way to show beyond a reasonable doubt that Cromartie was lying.

It’s the second time in less than three months that a Chargers player was not prosecuted for assault after high-profile incidents.  In September, linebacker Shawne Merriman allegedly roughed up and falsely imprisoned television personality Tila Tequila Nguyen, but San Diego prosecutors opted not to proceed with charges.

In this case, it’s hard not to wonder whether local prosecutors bounced the case back to the police and asked them to claim the decision as their own, given the possibility that two consecutive cases involving the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in a manner that benefited the Chargers might have been viewed as evidence of a bias in favor of the local football team.

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19 Responses to “No charges for Cromartie”
  1. BostonISaChraphole says: Dec 3, 2009 5:52 PM

    Nothing to see here, move on.

  2. Citizen Strange says: Dec 3, 2009 5:52 PM

    It’s nice to see a millionaire catch a break for once!

  3. andyinsdca says: Dec 3, 2009 5:59 PM

    Or it’s the typical DA response here to not prosecute a Charger for anything but the most egregious and obvious crimes.

  4. Colts18 says: Dec 3, 2009 6:09 PM

    Its California, The cops *would* probably do something to help the chargers.
    We are talking about a state that if they catch you with less than an ounce of weed on you, they chuckle and say “this is it??”

  5. Youngone says: Dec 3, 2009 6:18 PM

    No charges for the Charger….way better title.

  6. TylerDurden says: Dec 3, 2009 6:27 PM

    Thank goodness….and most of their starters will be good for the remainder of the season. This way the “our starters are injured or incarcerated” excuse can’t be used for the one and done appearance in the play-offs.

  7. CanadianVikingFan says: Dec 3, 2009 6:58 PM

    Figures, corrupt justice system in California supporting people who stab children for fun.

  8. bcharge says: Dec 3, 2009 7:08 PM

    The Chargers haven’t been one and done since 2006 and even that was in the second round. No one is making excuses. Maybe they haven’t gotten to the Superbowl but they’ve still been among the elite (Pats, Colts, Steelers being the other three) of the AFC for the last four years.

  9. Manbat619 says: Dec 3, 2009 7:08 PM

    Usually it’s 2 and out . Get it right!! Choking Chargers.

  10. DCarver says: Dec 3, 2009 7:11 PM

    As a Charger fan I could care less if a Charger is prosecuted for a crime. If you do the crime, do the time. That being said, WHEW! I’m glad he’s going to play Sunday. And yes, depending on the police department, anything under a kilo get’s you a warning.

  11. Uffdaz says: Dec 3, 2009 7:25 PM

    Beyond a reasonable doubt. Dark club many people with bottles, wonder if javon walker was there?

  12. natelan says: Dec 3, 2009 7:47 PM

    Aww, too bad for all you Cheatriots fans, your wish didn’t come true…
    I know you all tried to convince yourselves that Cromartie was guilty, but now you have to admit that you were both wrong and stupid.
    You people need to be more judicious in your decisions to condemn people before all the facts are known.
    It just makes you look like a giant a55hole when you end-up being proven wrong.
    Go Bolts!

  13. bcharge says: Dec 3, 2009 8:01 PM

    How is losing in the AFC Championship or even in the second round choking? Does that mean that every team other than the team that wins the SB is choking?

  14. 56lightsout56 says: Dec 3, 2009 8:35 PM

    keep in mind, Mike Aguirre, once designated the worst man in america by Keith Olberman is no longer the city attorney.
    thank god!!

  15. BreakingTackles IN P-TOWN says: Dec 3, 2009 8:56 PM

    Lets return the favor Cromartie, Lets see if you can get them pigs that pick six you promised so they would let you off scott free. There is a good possibility Brady Quinn…. Yes he is the starter…LOL

  16. Beauregard says: Dec 3, 2009 8:57 PM

    Maybe the Chargers will win 14 games again this year so they can finally fire their coach………..

  17. Chevy says: Dec 4, 2009 3:26 AM

    Colts18, you don’t know shit about California, so shut your hick yap. CanadianVikingFan, you’re just as much a moron.

  18. Chevy says: Dec 4, 2009 3:31 AM

    56lightscout, getting your views from Keith Olberdouche? I’m surprised you’re even bright enough to make a post!

  19. Colts18 says: Dec 5, 2009 1:08 AM

    Chevy, I know you probably wont read this, but im interested in how you know that I know nothing of California, when I just moved out of there 5 months ago…

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