Antonio Cromartie blames his Hard Knocks stumble on HBO

With Jets coach Rex Ryan cutting his “F” bombs from umpteen down to two in the second episode of Hard Knocks, we had to look elsewhere for entertainment.

Enter cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Talking one-on-one with the camera, he listed his children.  The process unfolded like something from a quiz show, with head scratching, straining, and possibly guessing.

Now, Cromartie blames the whole thing on HBO. 

Cromartie tells Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post that the first-year Jet rattled off the list of his kids’ names on the first take, and that the director then instructed him to do a second take. 

One that would make him look, you know, dumber.

“Nah, I didn’t have trouble,” Cromartie said.  “I mean, they asked me to pause. I had
nailed it the one time before, but they had to redo it and they just
told me to pause between each one of [the names].”

HBO’s contends that the scene was shot in one take.  “The show is factual, it’s real, and it’s not manufactured,” HBO spokesman Ray Stallone told Hubbuch.

So if Cromartie’s contention is true (and we doubt that it is), it means that Cromartie wasn’t too dumb to know the names of his kids without using a lifeline or two — but that he was too dumb to realize that he was allowing himself to be made to look too dumb to know the names of his kids.

We’re not sure which is worse.

Meanwhile, we wonder when Cromartie will explain that he was instructed by someone from the Chargers to pause before trying to tackle Shonn Greene during the 2009 playoffs.

88 responses to “Antonio Cromartie blames his Hard Knocks stumble on HBO

  1. “We’re not sure which is worse.
    Meanwhile, we wonder when Cromartie will explain that he was instructed by someone from the Chargers to pause before trying to tackle Shonn Greene during the 2009 playoffs.”
    Pretty good one there Florio

  2. Yeah, he nailed it all right! He nailed everything that moved which is why he has as many 3 year olds as the Octo-Mom!

  3. I just watched it and it’s not as bad as it seems. I mean he has a lot, he’s probably trying to remember which ones he’s named already. He didn’t seem like he was reaching for names like you made it sound like.

  4. Maybe Antonio should apply the same ‘no contact’ policy with his girlfriends as he applies to tackling WR’s.
    No mas.

  5. Every time a moron like this breeds, our society gets a little stupider. Why are the most ignorant, uneducated Americans doing the most breeding? I’m going to start a savings account just for my future increases in taxes to pay for all these little bundles of welfare (I mean joy). Look at the bright side, Antonio can afford the child support, plus he’ll be a grandfather before he’s 40. Hip hip hooray.

  6. So let’s get this straight: you can blast someone for calling Jermichael Finley stupid, but it’s fine for you to call Cromartie stupid?
    Nice double standard.

  7. Just heard on the radio that Antonio will have 4 children who are all 4 years old in a few months. Good for you!

  8. And yes, you did “nail it,” Cro. I think the Jets need to give Cro one of those wrist bands that Sanchez wears with his kids names and ages.

  9. I didn’t think he stumbled all that much in naming his kids. the problem is he has so many!
    People act like he took 10 minutes to remember their names..the whole thing couldn’t have taken more than 20 seconds, and he did give name, age, and sometime date of birth.

  10. I love all the hate on the Jets while I am still drinking my morning coffee. Couldn’t happen to a better group of bums.
    Ask Braylon the name of his kids… oh wait, you have to like women for that…

  11. “Meanwhile, we wonder when Cromartie will explain that he was instructed by someone from the Chargers to pause before trying to tackle Shonn Greene during the 2009 playoffs.”
    LOL THIS is GLOD, Florio! Top notch article. i saw the show and was layghing my XXX off at BOTH (a) the fact that he had SO many 3 year old kids that the names were hard to get out, and (b) that replay from the playoffs last year. Well done.
    That said, Cromartie is Noles boy and a love him. And his kids-who-shall-remain-nameless-until-he-remembers-the-names…

  12. I think we are focusing in the wrong direction here. I don’t really care how long it took him to name his 7 0r 8 kids.
    I think the amazing thing is how many kids this guy has at his age and by how many women. If I heard correctly, he has 3 or 4 three year old kids, which I assume are by different women since he didn’t say anything about twins. 2007 was a helluva year for Antonio.
    Why would someone want to throw away millions of dollars paying support for so many women?
    (and don’t kid yourself, that’s where 90% of the money he pays in child support goes)

  13. I’m surprised he knew any of the names, considering he doesn’t support any of them. This guy is a class act.

  14. “Nah, I didn’t have trouble,” Cromartie said. “I mean, they asked me to pause. I had nailed it the one time before, but they had to redo it and they just told me to pause between each one of [the names].”
    **********
    If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge in London that I’d like to sell you.

  15. uhmmmm non-story cause he struggles with his own kid’s names?
    That last sentence was great Florio!!!

  16. What a dumb ass. The question should have been why was the question asked? To show the nation that you have 8 kids by 6 or 7 different women in 5 years. You did their work for them. They made a fool of you and you don’t realize it.

  17. I’m still stuck on the fact he was knocking up several women at about the same time when he rattled off the ages of his kids.
    Makes one wonder what his wife felt when he started to rattle off the list. She must have been so proud.

  18. It’s a wonderful thing when you can witness someone with dubious moral behaviour shoot themselves in the face (metaphorically), and then do it again, on camera no less!
    Cromartie’s insistance on pro-creation without discrimination is just whack. He deserves to be called up on it., and we deserve to hear about it.

  19. non-story? ahah..i think it’s highlarious. the dude has like 8 kids and 6 of them are ‘3 years old’….AND he can’t remember their names. the child support he must pay has gotta be through the roof..

  20. Non-story? Are you serious? We’re talking about an NFL player that can’t even name all of his kids. It was pathetic and embarassing. With all the talk about Rex and his F Bombs, I think the league is probably more embarassed by a guy that has 4 kids the same age (3), who can’t even name them all without thinking hard and then when he tried to defend himself, he says that he “nailed it” on the first take as though it was some kind of test. Pathetic.

  21. Hard Knocks is a reality show, which basically means that at least 50% of it is manufactured or staged.

  22. There’s the one with the braids. Ummmm the one that is a girl….. the one who wears the shirt …….and London.

  23. As a father, I think it’s nauseating that he not only doesn’t know his children, he clearly doesn’t spend time with them. However 1) how does that influence his ability to play football? You know, the job he’s being paid for? 2) Despite your misguided, naive, and, frankly, ignorant campaign to make the HOF a house of virtue, as opposed to what it is supposed to be, a place that celebrates an athlete’s skill on the field, these men are not drafted, signed and contractually obligated to be good fathers. They are signed to play football. He is doing exactly what the Jets are paying him to do. If you can show us how this episode diminishes his ability to play football, by all means do so. Otherwise, what’s your point? He’s a crap dad? We got that in the first post, thanks.

  24. So he’s got 2 kids with a woman or women that he’s not with. He then decides to impregnate another 4 women all at the same time. So now were up to 6 kids, all with women he’s not with. That’s alot of child support. HE THEN DECIDED TO GET MORE WOMEN PREGNANT. This man is dumb. I don’t like condoms but jesus….I like having money alot more than I hate condoms.

  25. HBO shouldn’t be asking about somebody
    s kids. They have nothing to do with football. I wouldn’t want the name of my kids blasted all over the country.

  26. jcjets
    Way to stumble, like your boy Cro. Why don’t you introduce him to your sister if your sticking up for him.
    You’ll be tired after this year defending him and LT–what did he average, less than 2 yards in the first game? Nice OL on those carries–he looked like that last year.
    Better look for another RB with him and Puke McKnight.
    4-12 this year.

  27. *Introducing the 2034 Jets*
    Bottom Row L-R: Seattle Cromartie, Jimmy Cromartie, Bert Cromartie, Mike Cromartie, Hank Cromartie, Drew Cromartie,, Ted Cromartie, Leroy Cromartie, Emmitt Cromartie, Arizona Cromartie, Coby Cromartie
    Second Row: Toby Cromartie,, Desean Cromartie, Antonio Cromartie II, Roy Cromartie, Tupac Cromartie, Denver Cromartie, Chris Cromartie, Grant Cromartie, Oakland Cromartie, Antonio Cromartie III, Kevin Cromartie, Ryan Cromartie, Charon Cromartie
    Third Row: Antonio Cromartie IV, Mac Cromartie, Theo Cromartie, Roscoe Cromartie, Oakland Cromartie II, Deon Cromartie, Houston Cromartie, Mickey Cromartie, Somestripper Cromartie, DeQalen Cromartie, Lambeau Cromartie, Luis Cromartie
    Fourth Row: Tampa B. Cromartie, Ned Cromartie, Antonio Cromartie V, Homer Cromartie, Ben Cromartie, Cleveland Cromartie, Dallas Cromartie, Miami Cromartie, Denver Cromartie II, Jet Cromartie, Donny Cromartie, Ocho-Cinco Cromartie
    Fifth Row: Ocho-Seis Cromartie, Buffalo Cromartie, Ocho-Ocho cromartie, Philadelphia Cromartie, Antonio Cromartie VII, Kansas C. Cromartie, Baltimore Cromartie, S. Francisco Cromartie, N. York Cromartie, Denver Cromartie II, Philly Cromartie, Antonio Cromartie VI, Oakland Cromartie III, Antonio Cromartie VIII

  28. Rex Ryan just said that Cromartie is the “best damn father in the league”. Wow he’s such a players coach.

  29. I love that the New York Jets are on Hard Knocks. All those ego maniacs (Rex Ryan being the biggest) and a camera equal disaster.
    Jets are clearly the media darlings of the NFL and are the most overrated team in the NFL. They backed into the playoffs after having not one, but two teams lay down on them in the regular season. That team will self destruct by week 6. BANK ON IT.

  30. Bart Hubbuch could have cleared this up pretty easily, after Cromarti said he nailed it, just ask him to name them again.

  31. Everyone else is talking about AC’s nice play in the Giants preseason game. Mike Florio is talking about Hard Knocks as if his mommy just bought him a new TV. Florio just appeals to the Jet haters and has targeted himself to be in the Jets doghouse for any interviews evahhh.

  32. Typical this guy has no yet learned to take “responsibility for his actions.”
    If so, he wouldn’t 8 children from 6 baby mamas in 5 different states.
    Lock your doors and windows women when he comes to your town.

  33. Well done Florio. That was actually well written. Nice jabs at an obvious idiot, good player or not.

  34. his kids names arent blasted all over the country.
    what part of “he got them all wrong” dont u understand…

  35. Cromartie has allways avoided interviews with the Chargers, it is apparent why if you have ever listened to him talk.
    He always pauses between sentences and words, his hamsters are slower than most.

  36. Cro deserves to get mocked, but tell me this how many times when he played on the Chargers did the Jet-hater Florio mock him? Conveniently he becomes a Jet and Florio is all over him…what a shocker!
    Stay classy Florio as always.

  37. I won an HBO contest for the Manny vs Hatton boxing match. These videos are staged and they will do a couple of different takes.

  38. # BIG JB says: August 20, 2010 8:30 AM
    THE GUY IS A STONE MORAN! HOW MANY MOMS ARE THERE FOR THESE KIDS WHAT WAS IT 8 OR 9 KIDS?
    *************************************
    @BIG JB: You all capped that and misspelled “moron” amongst other things. Is there such a thing as a “moran” and I’m not aware? The unintentional comedy here otherwise, is off the charts!

  39. Steel Dahn Sahth says: August 20, 2010 8:38 AM
    Every time a moron like this breeds, our society gets a little stupider. Why are the most ignorant, uneducated Americans doing the most breeding? I’m going to start a savings account just for my future increases in taxes to pay for all these little bundles of welfare (I mean joy). Look at the bright side, Antonio can afford the child support, plus he’ll be a grandfather before he’s 40. Hip hip hooray.
    *********************************************
    OUTSTANDING POST
    but last sentence should have read
    Hip Hop Hooray……….

  40. Things we learned… 2007-2006 was a very good run for Antonio.
    He spit out 4 kids at the age of 3. Congrats!

  41. is anyone really surprised that a lot of these guys that get a pass through the education system are , you know, kind of dumb?

  42. cro is a retard, but it’s funny to see jets fans defend him, after ripping on him all last season (like they do with LT)
    jets fans are such hilarious hypocrites

  43. @dallasravens:
    I don’t know what was more amazing about that post: how f****** funny it was, or how long it must haven taken you to do it.
    My favorites:
    “Somestripper Cromartie”
    “Ocho Cinco Cromartie”
    But you forgot the practice squad:
    Barak Hussein Cromartie
    Diddy Cromartie
    OJ Cromartie
    Ronaldinho Cromartie
    And the cheerleaders:
    Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Cromartie

  44. I like how he names the last kid and then says “that one’s with my wife” hahah, stereotypes exist for a reason.

  45. The really terrible thing is for every guy like this who is in the NFL and can actually pay for his 23 kids, there are a 100 more who won’t/can’t pay, so our tax money does instead. Until we have a government that DOESN’T reward people for procreating, it’ll continue to get worse. The tax incentives we give low income households to have kids is ridiculous! No welfare and no earned income and we’d straighten our society out quick. And this is coming from a democrat!

  46. Yes that was hilarious. First time I laughed at one of Florio’s jokes too.
    BUT STOP TALKING SH*T ON HOW BAD THE “JESTS” ARE!!! I can’t wait for them to be good this year, and for all of your haters to finally shut the f*** up.

  47. # frox says: August 20, 2010 9:04 AM
    Non-story? Are you serious? We’re talking about an NFL player that can’t even name all of his kids. It was pathetic and embarassing. With all the talk about Rex and his F Bombs, I think the league is probably more embarassed by a guy that has 4 kids the same age (3), who can’t even name them all without thinking hard and then when he tried to defend himself, he says that he “nailed it” on the first take as though it was some kind of test. Pathetic.
    __________________________________
    What’s really funny is that Tony Sanctimony Dunghole is more offended by people hearing RR swearing than he is by showcasing a truly garbage example of morality like AC. Dungy is a race pimp for turds like Vick which is his right but it certainly shows where his morality cards are.
    Steel dahn South and dallasravens…BRAVO.

  48. sportsbruh3 says:
    August 20, 2010 12:27 PM
    Why are “you people” hating?
    he’s a PHYSICAL specimen.
    something you could NEVER be.
    ==========================
    As in- he has to give lots of “physical specimens” for DNA paternity tests?

  49. I was a little embarrassed for him as he was proudly rattling off the names of all those children.
    But i still dont think its necessary for you guys to criticize him that much. yall never lived a life where women are targeting you and throwing themselves at you because your in the nfl or going to the nfl. you have no idea what his world is like so you really have no place to judge. But then again maybe I am underestimating how many women throw themselves at you blog commentators.

  50. First of all, I’m not a Jets fan. In fact, I hope to watch them flounder and choke this year and for fatass Rex Ryan to wind up with his fat foot in his fat mouth (if there’s any room next to the Twinkies, etc.)
    I work in television production and the network I work for cranks out a lot of “reality” shows. That said, here’s what is probably the most disingenuous, completely bullshit part of the article:
    >>>>HBO’s contends that the scene was shot in one take. “The show is factual, it’s real, and it’s not manufactured,” HBO spokesman Ray Stallone told Hubbuch.
    Lies, lies, lies. Nearly ALL of these “reality” shows are anything but. Producers, directors, and writers control every element, edit all the action and dialogue to fit their agenda, and so on. I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Cromartie’s interview was shot and editied to make him look like he struggled to remember his kids’ names.
    People who make reality shows lie their asses off all day long. It’s basically part of their job. Just sayin’.

  51. As much hate as Florio has for the Jets…What is he gon do when they win the superbowl this season…Florio, you are a clown, I never seen so much irresponcible reporting on 1 site in my life.

  52. Latest game stats:
    JESTS
    Sanchez – 5/10, 12 yds, 0 td, 0 int
    Dolphins
    Henne – 11/14, 151 yds, 2 td, 0 int
    Pennington – 3/4, 51 yds, 1 td, 0 int

  53. C’mon Mumakata
    Be realistic!!!!!! The WRs dropped two of Henne’s passes in that sloppy rain or he would have been 13/14 and many more yards.
    But hey, the jests are going to the Super Bowl so what does it all matter? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  54. i thought he was doing roll call in a classroom or something.. the list just went on and on and on and on and on…..and on…lol

  55. 8 kids 6 moms
    he must really love the one who pumped out 2
    Steve-o, your local community college
    teaches basic math. Check it out.
    (especially when trying to make fun of someone else)

  56. Just another example of somebody being raised in morally bankrupt culture. Didn’t anybody teach him the fundamentals of being a decent citizen? I think the answer is self evident. The problem here is that his “value system” will be passed on and that many of his off-spring will grow up without a father. Who knows….maybe their the lucky ones.
    He’s a disgraceful human being that is the product of an even more disgraceful culture.

  57. How is this any different from the rest of the “hood” that lives the same way? At least this guy can pay for them, at least for now. The rest of that culture does the same stuff but the majority of them are gang bangers. Never Ending Cycle.

  58. Notice how big mouth Dungy doesn’t have anything to say about this NY JET, with 8 kids he can’t name and by how many different mothers?
    Dog torture, illegitimate kids, drug abuse..this is all OK with slimeball Dungy, just don’t be white or say a four letter word while doing it.

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