Antonio Cromartie: I’m my own union

AP

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has taken shots at the NFLPA* and his fellow players from time to time, which some observers have viewed as a sign of cracks within the players’ side in the ongoing labor dispute with the owners. But Cromartie isn’t particularly concerned with what people think of his comments.

“I’m my own union,” Cromartie told Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “We’re a trade association, so I’m my own union. I’ve got to protect myself. I’m not worried about what everybody else feels. My biggest thing is going out there and playing football.”

Of course, Cromartie won’t be able to go out there and play football until the lockout ends, and whenever it does end, it’s not clear whether he’ll be back with the Jets. But Cromartie said he’s not particularly concerned about that, either.

“As I know right now, I’m a Jet until we’re told otherwise,” Cromartie said. “I leave that in the hands of God and my business partners. Right now, I’ve got to take care of what I’ve got to take care of, and that’s about me going out there and training.”

So Cromartie will simply stay in shape as he waits for the lockout to end, and trust any issues related to his status as a free agent in an uncertain labor environment to God, his business partners, and his own one-man union.

62 responses to “Antonio Cromartie: I’m my own union

  1. Ohhh nooooo. As soon as I saw his name, I knew it would be something dumb…but he did leave an opening for a joke at his expense……..He is right on one point, with all the baby mama’s and kids he has he is his own union. A big one. Shut up Antonio.

  2. Cromartie is the only player that actually knows what the real deal is. He is not stupid like the other players and blindly following the ambulance chaser.
    He says whats on his mind, whether his coworkers like it or not, which is very refreshing since all the other players just lie and spin propaganda. He doesnt say one thing and then backpeddle and change his story once the public lashes at him like Drew Brees did.
    I’m telling everyone, MEmo Smith is a shady ME FIRST typical divorce attorney, He doesnt give a hoot about the players, he only cares about racking up billable hours and . I know it, and Cromartie knows it.

  3. He’s a union of 7 baby mammas and 8 kids. Those kids don’t even need braces yet…What’s he gonna do when they hit 13?

  4. Guess that “leave it in the hands of God” mantra applies to his sex life as well. Hence the absence of condoms.

  5. It is easy to poke fun at Comartie, but a lot of what he says makes sense and probably many players around the league think similarly. It seems like he is saying that he doesn’t trust anybody in the situation and just needs to take care of himself….I agree with that. However, it is rather amusing when he states he has to leave things up to God and his business partners.

  6. Don’t get me wrong, Cromartie does have his flaws. He is toooooo “giving” and spreads the love around a bit much, which the hoochies take advantage of him for. But as long as he takes care of his business “with his baby mamas then I have no issue with him.

    The ambulance chaser/divorce lawyer should be replaced with Cromartie. I guarentee he would do a better job. He is the ONLY person from the NFPLA side that makes any damn sense.

  7. Glad to hear hes staying in shape and simply not knocking up random women around the country.

  8. to bad wearing a jim hat wasn’t one of the things he thinks he has to take care of. we could use one less kid how doesn’t have the same last name as his dad in this world.

  9. When I read the article I thought of a few good zingers, but the one’s you guys came up with so far are good enough for me.

  10. At least he told Jenny Vrentas, instead of geezer morality posers like Gary Meyers of NY Daily News!!!

    I thought it was a joke when he got “offended” by Cromartie calling Tom Brady an a-hole because ugly faced idiots like Meyers have to stop trying to put “Disney Rules” on athletes!!!

    Cromartie maybe an irresponsible moron, but he can undoubtedly make the NFL entertaining off the field!!!

  11. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 11, 2011 6:38 PM

    “I’m telling everyone, MEmo Smith is a shady ME FIRST typical divorce attorney,”

    I thought the whole point of this article was that Cromartie defines the ME FIRST attitude?

  12. “I’ve got to protect myself. I’m not worried about what everybody else feels.”

    A true team player.

  13. That’s no different than the thinking of dsmith, dbrees and dfoxworth! I’ll let you figure out what the d stands for…..

  14. Just because you shell out money to several women a month it does not mean that you are a union.

  15. Didn’t your current contract expire, or about to?? I’m pretty sure nobody calls to tell you your contract is up, except maybe your agent…andyour child supportee’s…Hey Crom, if you aren’t under contract, you don’t play for the jets

  16. I’m shocked that a guy who can’t remember the names of his own children doesn’t care about anyone but himself.

    I would be flabbergasted if he thought about anything other than himself and the right here, right now.

  17. Yikes…. I guess we won’t be talking about him being voted a future union rep for the Jets

  18. Most people did not take issue with what he said but attacked his personal life. We need more players to speak out like he has.

  19. I have a feeling the blocking on him is going to be more intense on Antonio when the season starts. And maybe the celebrations are going to be that much more exuberent if he’s the one who gets burnt.

  20. @jimr10 …

    I generally believe other people’s personal lives are none of my business, but it is disturbing when people play fast-and-loose with the creation of human life. The existence of so many children by so many mothers that he can’t seem to keep track of them indicates Cromartie’s a person who takes care of his own needs with no thought for the consequences or how his selfishness will affect others.

    You’re entitled to your views on the rightness or wrongness of the players’ stance. But it’s sad that you think we need more people to demonstrate total selfishness and lack of concern for their peers.

  21. Deb says:

    “…it is disturbing when people play fast-and-loose with the creation of human life. …a person who takes care of his own needs with no thought for the consequences or how his selfishness will affect others.”
    —————

    Like Ben?

  22. “Antonio? Yeah, Hi, this is God. Look, do me a favor and don’t say anything to suggest that I’ve got anything to do with your activities. K? Thanks?”

  23. Makes you wonder if he was in the mediation room, the deal would be done already…not. X-)

  24. Cromartie is point on. I never liked him before because of his irresponsibility related to all of those kids that were brought into the world the wrong way.

    However, he is exactly right and I respect that side of him.

    Unions are ridiculous in this day and age, the way they are used. My grandfather was a union organizer back in the day and he would be sick if he saw how they are now. He was worried about a fair wage for a fair day of work and minimum safety, keep people from dying.

    Unions were never intended for governmental agencies (there are no profits!!! Only our tax dollars which they have stolen for years);

    Unions were not intended for rich guys playing sports for rich guys.

    Like anything where money is involved, unions proliferated and are now run by lawyer scuzballs and other of their similar ilk.

    Cromartie, you are welcome over in the black and gold if the Jets don’t want you.

  25. steeelfan, I’m generally against unions in their current form, but the conservative populism when it comes to unions needs to stop. If unions should exist at all, why should pro athletes not be able to have one? There’s actually more, not less, of a concern about issues like occupational safety in pro football than there is in almost any type of manufacturing or other trade labor (plumbing, carpentry, etc.) sector.

  26. Steelfan….You saved me a lot of writing GOOD FOR YOU. unions are declining every year thank god. They are the gateway to communism.

  27. @ArtModell’sPimp …

    I’m not aware that Ben has been creating human life. My criticism was not of Cromartie’s sex life, but his failure to use birth control and to support his teammates. I realize you guys are desperate to make Roethlisberger jokes, but that was just ignorant.

  28. When I saw this headline, I knew you guys would come up with some great stuff and you didn’t disappoint.
    ————————————————–
    iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says:
    Apr 11, 2011 6:38 PM
    Cromartie is the only player that actually knows what the real deal is. He is not stupid like the other players and blindly following the ambulance chaser.

    Yes, he’s not stupid. After all, it’s takes a real genius to not use a condom and knock up all those different women.

    At least we know after watching “Hard Knocks” that he knows how many kids he has and all their names.. oh wait, maybe doesn’t….

    I would hope that any potential “leader” could at least name all of his 117 kids by his 117 baby mamas.

  29. Anyone else thinks that Antonio Cromartie is just misunderstood?

    He’s an Idiot = yes.
    but he seems to love the game and have passion to play it….just sayin’ (drew brees)

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