Antonio Cromartie and his wife just had their second child, but you won’t be seeing as much of them as as one TV production company was hoping.
In addition to the two children he has with his wife, Cromartie has eight other children by seven other women. And the New York Post reports that Cromartie nixed a plan for a reality show chronicling his life, as well as the lives of his children and their mothers, who are spread across the country in six different states.
Cromartie has been burned before when reality TV focused on his family life: HBO’s Hard Knocks showed Cromartie appearing to have trouble remembering his children’s names, although Cromartie said afterward that the show’s producers asked him to list his children slowly, and that the whole thing was done to make him look bad.
But while Cromartie doesn’t want anything to do with the reality show, the mothers of his children are eager to do it. Ryan Ross, the mother of Cromartie’s fifth child, told the Post that she thinks doing the show would allow Cromartie’s children to gain a better understanding of their half-siblings.
“I love it,” Ross said. “Our kids need to know who their siblings are. It’s bigger than our past with Antonio. It’s about our children.”
In addition to the two kids with his wife, Cromartie has custody of one of his other children. Child support payments to the other six mothers total more than a quarter of a million dollars a year.