Antonio Cromartie: “I never dissed Tebow”

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Antonio Cromartie wrote on Twitter this week that the Jets don’t need Tim Tebow, and then the Jets promptly traded for Tim Tebow. But Cromartie now says he didn’t mean any harm toward his new teammate.

Instead, Cromartie told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, he just meant he supported Mark Sanchez as the Jets’ starter. But now he says he supports Tebow as the Jets’ backup, too.

“I don’t have any regrets,” Cromartie said. “I think a lot of people took what I said the wrong way. People took it as me dissing Tebow. I never dissed Tebow. I just said we don’t need him on our team because Mark is our quarterback. I would never degrade an NFL player because he’s in the NFL for a reason.Tebow’s proven over the past couple years why he’s in the NFL. I would never take a shot at any NFL player. He’s been a winner all his life. He’s pulled his teams out of predicaments. I’m not the kind of person that would degrade or belittle someone in the NFL.”

Cromartie, who appeared to avoid a collision with Tebow on the game-winning touchdown when Tebow led the Broncos to a win over the Jets last year, said he thinks the team can rally around Tebow now.

“He’s a guy that brings a different atmosphere to the locker room and the huddle,” Cromartie said. “We were missing that last year — a guy that can take control and do the things that we need to.”

Of course, Sanchez, as the starting quarterback, is supposed to be the leader of the team. And Tebow’s presence is surely going to lead to a segment of the fan base saying that Tebow can lead the team in a way Sanchez can’t.

“Fans are going to root for who they want to root for,” Cromartie said. “They’re going to be fans. For guys in the locker room, our job is to make sure that whatever goes on in that locker room or meeting rooms is kept in-house. We are going to back our quarterback no matter what goes on. Mark is our No. 1 quarterback. He’s our starting quarterback. He’s our guy. Tebow’s coming in as the No. 2 guy that can push Mark to his full potential. And that’s what we’re looking for. He’s a guy that can bring a spark in different packages. It’s a win-win situation for us.”

Even if it’s a situation that, just a few days ago, Cromartie said the Jets didn’t need.

87 responses to “Antonio Cromartie: “I never dissed Tebow”

  1. This might be the only time I’ve actually seen Cromartie back pedal successfully.

    This might be the only time I’ve heard Cromartie try to pull out.

    Both jokes apply.

  2. Coach Rex Ryan reportedly has already warned Cromartie that when Tim Tebow joins the team not to tell him where babies “really” come from.

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 24, 2012 7:57 AM

    This might be the only time I’ve actually seen Cromartie back pedal successfully.

    This might be the only time I’ve heard Cromartie try to pull out.

    *********************************************************

    Best Cromartie post ever!

  4. .

    Tebow can recite the names of the twelve apostles on demand. I’m sure he can memorize the names of your twelve kids over the course of the season.

    .

  5. Look for Cromartie to pay for crossing Tim Tebow – just like Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, Brandon Lloyd, Drew Stanton, Josh McDaniels, etc. You cross this guy and you pay the price. Beware.

  6. “Our job is to make sure that whatever goes on in that locker room or meeting rooms is kept in-house”

    I guess going on twitter with your dumb opinion that no one asked for is “keeping it in house.”

  7. now if pgh’s finest said something you know “the island” said something ok I wouldn’t say nothing but this bird butt burnt toast piece of it really shouldn’t have said anything cause when tebow scampered 20 yards for the winner he was holding onto a wide receiver like he was life boat in the middle of the atlantic ocean. what a shame. this should play out excatly as follows. DISASTER. better have firemarshall bill or is it ed on stand-by to hose these clowns off. poor queens they deserve so much better

  8. I am not a Jet fan, nor do I have anything against them but this looks like a very combustible situation to say the least.If this “hail Mary” doesn’t work, Rex and the GM are gone by next season.

  9. He sure dissed Tom Brady. Last time I checked, he was a pretty successful NFL player.
    This is just another reason why twits shouldn’t tweet.

  10. @sportsmeccabi,
    There was one other time, last year when Tebow was coming straight for him, lol.

  11. What’s funny is Cromartie doesn’t realize it yet, but by the end of the season he’ll be one of the biggest Tebow supporters. Tebow has charisma and leadership abilities that pull a locker room together, heck, 10 months from now Antonio will probably be attending church and paying his child support!! Just wait and see how this galvanizes the Jets locker room….

  12. “I never dissed Tebow. I just said we don’t need him on our team”

    You said, about a guy who is on your team, that you don’t need him on your team. Yes, that is a “diss”, genius. But I like how Ryan divided his locker room even more by bringing Tebow in.

  13. If “dissing” Tebow is code for supporting the trade before it happs (as opposed to, you know, saying not to do it), then I agree. Cromartie never dissed Tebow. Exhibit # 1,978,521,599 in my crusade to get athletes to stop using Twitter. They’re too stupid.

  14. Cromartie, who appeared to avoid a collision with Tebow… – so did Revis and he was dissin Tebow b4 their game.

  15. People bang on Tebow all the time, and for what? All the guy does is stand up for what he believes, loves the Lord and is honest and has incredible character. It’s just too bad that this is such an aberration in today’s society.

  16. Tebow and Crowmartie have something in common. Neither one has ever thought about using condoms.

  17. jets now SPREAD out all over the place.

    Tebow spreads the good word.

    Cromartie spreads the seed.

    Happy 44th anniversary jet fans!!!

  18. Tibow will be doing a lot of praying for the Morons on this team. Has to be the dumbest team in the NFL

  19. Crom ALWAYS talks first and thinks second.

    Sad… his brain could be good for concussion research.

    But… that’s the Jets solidly established culture, from HC to players – All talk, Little thinking, Poor results.

    New NFL Tag Line: Shut Up and Play.

  20. So Cromartie comes out with a statement to refute his own statement that he made via a twitter?????

    Wow! So he says we don’t need Tebow here, we have Joe Mcknight who can do what he does, we straight…and he says he’s wasnt dissing.

    Jets should cut Cromartie on the strength of being a idiot.

    By the way I saw Tebow walk on water then turn it into wine last year. Taking that garbage Donkey team to the playoff after they started like 1-5 without him is one of the greatest football miracles I witnessed. His losses came by way of that weak defense giving up close to 50 points.

  21. He never “dissed” him, eh? Cromartie also must have laid one hell of a hit on Timmy in the Jets/Broncos too. I seem to remember Mr. Cromartie looking for someone to hug so he could avoid a hit from Tebow last year.

  22. Yeah, what an ass Cromartie is. In one statement on twitter, he:

    1) loyally defended his incumbent QB

    2) pointed out that the Jets would be better served by fixing the gaping holes elsewhere on their roster (read- WR, RT, TE, backup RB, OL depth…) than they would be signing Tebow- how scandalous!

    3) at no point said “Tim Tebow is garbage,” “F–K Tim Tebow,” or anything else that might actually warrant the attention this twitter post is getting.”

    4) demonstrated that one man can run a successful football site and practice law despite the maturity and reading comprehension skills of a 3rd grader.

    What a silly ass Cromartie is! Insert reference to how many kids he has! Insert LoLJets!!!

  23. sportsmeccabi says:
    Mar 24, 2012 7:57 AM
    This might be the only time I’ve actually seen Cromartie back pedal successfully.

    This might be the only time I’ve heard Cromartie try to pull out.

    Both jokes apply.
    _________________________________

    Come on – lighten up you three! (Or did you just not get it??)

  24. It is easy to see on threads like this that most of the “support” for Tebow isn’t so much love for Tebow but hate for the other players. Tebow is so much better than 95% of his “fans”, and I really wish that the folks who only latch onto Tebow because of their hatred for the rest of the NFL would either root for somebody else or stop watching the NFL altogether, and go watch NASCAR, the NHL, extreme sports or something. The irony is that Tebow possesses none of the hate that his fans do.

  25. I would never degrade an NFL player because he’s in the NFL for a reason.

    ___________________

    How about those comments about Tom Brady a few years ago?! An “a-hole”. “[screw] him.

  26. People who think tebow is the reason for those wins last season are ignorant and dont know football without the defense only giving up 10 to 17 points after tebow goes 3 and out every drive for the first 3 quarters and dont forget prater knocking through 50 yard fieldgoals to seal the deal…. Fact tebow is a bad QB… Fact sanchez also not a good QB… Fact jets did NOT improve…. Fact cromarties original statement via twitter was correct as im sure mckight and kerby can complete 45% of their passes

  27. checkitd0wn and apac6586:

    It is Roman Catholics who oppose birth control, not Southern Baptists like Tebow. And to think that you guys think that NFL players are dumb? And Tebow is nowhere near the caricature that you guys make him out to be. When BYU suspended one of their players for having premarital sex last year, Tebow (who shouldn’t have been asked about the situation to begin with by the way) came out and said that he disagreed with the decision: that the player should have been extended forgiveness. Now Tebow was wrong, as the player agreed to the BYU morality code as a condition of accepting his scholarship, but it just another example of how Tebow is a much better person than both his critics and nearly all of his fans.

  28. there is nothing i cant stand more than when somebody says something and doesnt back up what they say…
    no respect…
    Say what you have to say and stick by it… Id respect him more if he said “yeah i said it, and maybe i shouldnt have and now that tebow is here im willing to give him a chance”. Just something to show you have a backbone.

    Professional atheletes suck because everything they say is “misquoted” or “taken out of context”.. Bullsh*t, you got called out and are retracting…..

    The great thing about Cro is that he always has crap we can be critical about without bringing up his kids

  29. Hey Antonio I completely believe you because if you can’t remember all of your illegitimate children’s names how could you ever remember the disparaging tweets and comments you lobbed towards Tebow?

    PS- A.C., your not that good.

  30. Sabres fans wore “Tebow LOL” jerseys to the Sabres-Rangers game last night. I tell you, this is going to be bigger and more fun than Christianity.

  31. If it takes a Jesus freak to sell tickets and jerseys in the new NFL so be it for like religion it’s all about money

  32. What a moron! Players say something stupid then their agents get them to backtrack and say, oh u took what i said the wrong way or out of context. Shut that Ish up. Stand by what u say or don’t say t at all.

  33. Twitter is an intelligent tool used by unintelligent people to write their opinions that are in turn read by more unintelligent people that actually care.

  34. “Cromartie, who appeared to avoid a collision with Tebow on the game-winning touchdown…”

    Well, at least he admits it: “I would never take a shot at any NFL player”.

  35. Cro-magnon Man opens mouth, engages half-wit intellect, and blurts out ill-conceived statements while fully bastardizing the English language at the same time. Then, after a long period of time, comes to the realization that what he said is problematic. So he then opens mouth, engages half-wit intellect, and blurts out more foolishness (more damage to the English language) in a wholly transparent attempt to correct his original blunder. He fails miserably and succeeds only in making things worse, and along the way fully confirms, that yes…. he is a complete buffoon.

  36. So let me see if I get this right; in the NFL, the media rules. Whomever they support and ram down our throats, we are to support. And,we are not allowed to express an OPINION that is not inline with their propoganda.

    Cormartie has been in the NFL longer than Tim Tebow and he’s showing loyality to his QB, but that is a negative to those in the media because they want everyone to buy into the image they have created of Tim Tebow. Cromartie is now public enemy #1 with the media. Go figure.

    Since I’m suppose to live in a country with Freedom, I side with Cormartie and agree with him 1000%. If Tim Tebow is so good, then why trash another QB, while trying to convince the masses that the QB you’re selling them should be taken because he’s the lesser of the two evils.

    I remember this similiar script was played out last year when this same site was selling us Blaine over Cam.

    Bullying and putting down other QBs and anyone who don’t agree with those in the media, seems to the new norm in the NFL.

    FYI PFT, not everyone is happy with the media circus that is Tim Tebow. I’m sure if he really was a legitimate QB, and not this manufactured image, folks like Cromarti wouldn’t have a problem. I don’t hear to many fans in Denver complaining about Peyton Manning taking Tim’s place. The only complaining I hear is coming from the talking heads in the media.

    Present us with a better QB than the one we have now and I’m sure Cromarti and other Jets fans wouldn’t have much of a problem.

  37. What a wonderful year already–following the “other team’s” Super Bowl victory we are given more manna with the Tebow trade, and the bi-plane lip-flappers’ attempt to get their twittiness back on the back pages led by their flapper tackler AC. You go AC–looking forward to an extra three months added to a full sched of the Ryan express hot air fest. Off to a great start!

  38. Another CB who is toast …. can’t cover big or small WR’s. As far as the Jets, now they have two totally incapable QB’s on their roster. Ol’ Rex better accumulate some bounty cash for 2012 season. Bottom of the division even behind the lowly Dolphins !!!!

  39. Cromartie is running away from his comments like a bitch LOL.

    He is scared stiff of Tebow running his punk ass over in practice LOL

  40. Not sure if supporting Sanchez…

    …or placating Tebow so he doesn’t have reason to run him over again.

  41. “He’s a guy that brings a different atmosphere to the locker room and the huddle,” Cromartie said. “We were missing that last year — a guy that can take control and do the things that we need to.”
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    Sooooooo ….. can we safely take THAT as a “diss” on Sanchez, then????

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