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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.

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87 Responses to “Antonio Cromartie: “I never dissed Tebow””
  1. bigjd says: Mar 24, 2012 7:56 AM

    It’s hard to talk with your foot in your mouth.

  2. 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.

  3. cmarsh64 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:57 AM

    First…Cromartie is always trying to cover his A** after he makes a comment,best thing he can do is just shut up.

  4. cletusvandam says: Mar 24, 2012 8:00 AM

    This is the same guy that can’t even name all of his kids

  5. bangitfootball says: Mar 24, 2012 8:01 AM

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

  6. boknowsvt says: Mar 24, 2012 8:05 AM

    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!

  7. burm61 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:07 AM

    Who’s shocked Cromartie used the word predicament correctly?

  8. flash1283 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:09 AM

    No ring circus!

  9. myopinionmattersandyoursblows says: Mar 24, 2012 8:12 AM

    Talk about two polar opposites ( in terms of character). The religous virgin and the hypocritical incubus!

  10. 6ball says: Mar 24, 2012 8:13 AM


    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.


  11. howiefeltersnatch says: Mar 24, 2012 8:13 AM

    He actually sounds somewhat intelligent and well-spoken there. Are you sure he did the interview and not his agent or a Jets staffer?

  12. cuda1234 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:15 AM

    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.

  13. klee0384 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:15 AM

    “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.”

  14. kuta82 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:17 AM

    People didn’t take it the wrong..they took it the way u said it.. You just choking because u are being cornered..LOL

  15. joetoronto says: Mar 24, 2012 8:18 AM

    “I never had sex with all those baby moma’s either.”

  16. pfii63 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:22 AM

    Wonder what Cro says after the Yets go 6-10 next season. Can’t wait!

  17. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 24, 2012 8:23 AM

    Clearly, his agent wrote this for him…..

    Cromartie, you’re a moron. We straight?

  18. modellforprez says: Mar 24, 2012 8:30 AM

    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

  19. legeisyaj says: Mar 24, 2012 8:31 AM

    One word: moron.

  20. tjacks7 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:31 AM

    But you were scar

  21. tjacks7 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:32 AM

    But you were scared to attempt to tackle him and that is a FACT.

  22. scott8nj says: Mar 24, 2012 8:34 AM

    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.

  23. grogansheroes says: Mar 24, 2012 8:36 AM

    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.

  24. clw1906 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:37 AM

    This from a guy that can’t remember how many kids he has. Umm ok there genius.

  25. tigergator says: Mar 24, 2012 8:38 AM

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

  26. daubs17 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:44 AM

    This is newsworthy?

    Who freakin cares with this unintelligent, complete moron has to say about anything

  27. diamondmo33 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:47 AM

    A.c. Is an a$$

  28. nflfollower says: Mar 24, 2012 8:47 AM

    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….

  29. mempusa says: Mar 24, 2012 8:51 AM

    Just like on the field Cromartie is terrible at back pedaling

  30. 2dollarpbrs says: Mar 24, 2012 8:55 AM

    Why does anyone listen to anything this Dummy has to say?

  31. abninf says: Mar 24, 2012 9:00 AM

    “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.

  32. chiadam says: Mar 24, 2012 9:01 AM

    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.

  33. ruggerlad says: Mar 24, 2012 9:02 AM

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

  34. stanklepoot says: Mar 24, 2012 9:03 AM

    So, in other words, Cromartie is trying to avoid yet another collision with Tebow.

  35. chiadam says: Mar 24, 2012 9:04 AM

    ..that should say “before it happens.” Apparently someone needs a new keyboard.

  36. huejackson says: Mar 24, 2012 9:07 AM

    I thought Bronco fans said Tebow is a Bronco 4 Life?
    Tebow trashed the Bronco fans

  37. kenny328usa says: Mar 24, 2012 9:07 AM

    Wow he is just as bad at doing damage control as he is at playing cornerback

  38. electionconfidential says: Mar 24, 2012 9:08 AM

    Well, at least he’s trying to do the right thing. That’s a rarity this week.

  39. txxxchief says: Mar 24, 2012 9:09 AM

    That’s why Cromartie is Ryan’s kind of guy. Antonio keeps putting his foot in his mouth.

  40. seanpatrickmac1 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:10 AM

    @bigjd, Rex Ryan knows all about putting a foot in his mouth. Literally and figuratively.

  41. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 24, 2012 9:12 AM

    It’s hard to talk with Tebow’s nuts in yo mouth.

  42. forty9asty says: Mar 24, 2012 9:14 AM

    btw, your link to the video no longer works…

    i can, however, visualize what you’re speaking of. seems to be a habit with cromartie…

  43. mymanmccoy says: Mar 24, 2012 9:14 AM

    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.

  44. checkitd0wn says: Mar 24, 2012 9:15 AM

    Cromartie and Tebow both have the same views on birth control. So there’s that.

  45. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Mar 24, 2012 9:17 AM

    wait a minute. yea you did. like 2 days ago.

  46. apac6586 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:19 AM

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

  47. mistrezzrachael says: Mar 24, 2012 9:20 AM

    jets now SPREAD out all over the place.

    Tebow spreads the good word.

    Cromartie spreads the seed.

    Happy 44th anniversary jet fans!!!

  48. irishgary says: Mar 24, 2012 9:23 AM

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

  49. masterblaster78 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:24 AM

    Be careful what you write “stupid.” You never know when it’s going to come back and bit you in the a$$.

  50. polegojim says: Mar 24, 2012 9:30 AM

    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.

  51. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:34 AM

    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.

  52. allisab says: Mar 24, 2012 9:35 AM

    Calling someone an a**hole and saying you hate them isn’t degrading or belittling? Ok.

  53. christopher525 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:40 AM

    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.

  54. noodlecbs says: Mar 24, 2012 9:41 AM

    Thumbs up if you went straight to the comments.

  55. football2011 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:46 AM

    It is pretty obvious that Cromartie figured out who the fans are going to pay to see. It isnt you Cromartie.

  56. robertjamis says: Mar 24, 2012 9:47 AM

    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!!!

  57. getit28 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:48 AM

    j e t s suck suck suck!!!!!!

  58. dcrams20 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:48 AM

    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??)

  59. casinodino says: Mar 24, 2012 9:49 AM

    Funny how things change…. I can’t wait to see what Cromartie says when Tebow is the starter after week 4.

  60. wickerphil says: Mar 24, 2012 10:04 AM

    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.

  61. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 24, 2012 10:05 AM

    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.

  62. broncos4life7 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:06 AM

    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

  63. wickerphil says: Mar 24, 2012 10:09 AM

    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.

  64. slapnutz says: Mar 24, 2012 10:21 AM

    Though shall not lie

  65. billsfan1 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:21 AM

    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

  66. timezyourz says: Mar 24, 2012 10:23 AM

    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.

  67. erniecohen says: Mar 24, 2012 10:26 AM

    For fans, this is the best trade *ever*. Do we even need an actual NFL season with this this on the table?

  68. erniecohen says: Mar 24, 2012 10:33 AM

    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.

  69. stonedwhitetrash says: Mar 24, 2012 10:36 AM

    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

  70. joesphkerr says: Mar 24, 2012 10:42 AM

    Hey Cromartie, think before you hit the SEND/POST button.

  71. sportsfuhnatic says: Mar 24, 2012 10:42 AM

    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.

  72. RexCanCoach says: Mar 24, 2012 10:47 AM

    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.

  73. nomesayin says: Mar 24, 2012 10:49 AM

    “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”.

  74. chargersdiehard says: Mar 24, 2012 11:14 AM

    Releasing Cromartie was the best move AJ Smith has ever made. In fact it was the only good thing I think he has ever done.

  75. backindasaddle says: Mar 24, 2012 11:20 AM

    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.

  76. upperdecker19 says: Mar 24, 2012 11:30 AM

    Though shalt not commit adultery

  77. whatswiththehate says: Mar 24, 2012 11:36 AM

    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.

  78. gmen4trophies says: Mar 24, 2012 11:46 AM

    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!

  79. dsimp724 says: Mar 24, 2012 11:56 AM

    “we need tebow like I need another kid”……… Oh crap

  80. huskersrock1 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:09 PM

    Hey at least he didn’t use a double negative.

  81. jaws44mag says: Mar 24, 2012 12:47 PM

    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 !!!!

  82. lgwelsh1 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:51 PM

    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

  83. armeniandelight4 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    Not sure if supporting Sanchez…

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

  84. MikeisWise says: Mar 24, 2012 1:04 PM

    Cromartie, this is one of those situations where “less is more”. Shut up. Now.

  85. mackie66 says: Mar 24, 2012 2:19 PM

    The Crow didnt diss tebow like he doesnt have 8 kids by 8 different women, or is tha 8 wives?

  86. prmpft says: Mar 24, 2012 4:14 PM

    …in fact he did his best to avoid him….

  87. pftcensorssuck says: Mar 24, 2012 7:17 PM

    “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.”

    Sooooooo ….. can we safely take THAT as a “diss” on Sanchez, then????

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