On Monday, Tim Brando of Sporting News Radio raised an interesting theory regarding last week’s contention by Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie that he was manipulated by HBO into creating the impression that he didn’t know the names and ages of his kids.
Brando believes that Cromartie’s frustration should have been directed more at his team. Given the extent to which the Jets apparently scrubbed most references to the Darrelle Revis situation out of the series’ second episode, including the ugly blatant lie/blatant joke back-and-forth that occurred before the two sides agreed not to talk about the negotiations, the Jets could have — and should have — tried to get HBO to leave on the cutting room floor a moment that made Cromartie look bad.
Whether the Jets tried and failed or didn’t try at all isn’t known.
Of course, if Cromartie isn’t smart enough to instantly know the names of his own kids or to realize that HBO was trying to make him look not smart enough to instantly know the names of his own kids, then he’s likely not smart enough to realize that the Jets possibly hung him out to dry on this one.