Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie called the police last year when his pregnant wife texted him to say she had slit her wrists and taken pills — part of a fake suicide attempt she carried out because she thought he was cheating on her.
That’s the word from a bizarre New York Post report that details the frantic early morning call that Cromartie placed to the police on May 6, 2011.
Terricka Cromartie texted Antonio Cromartie that day saying, “God forgive me, I don’t want to die. What have I done?” and “I cut my wrists. I took those pills.”
Cromartie was in Miami at the time and called the police in Randolph Township, New Jersey, where he lives. That led the police to rush to the home and knock on the door. When no one answered, the police — thinking Terricka could be bleeding to death inside — broke down the doors with an ax and a sledgehammer. But when they entered they found her healthy and resting in bed with her two daughters.
Terricka confirmed to the responding officers that she had sent the texts, saying they were part of a ploy to get her husband’s attention because she believed he was having an affair.
“She stated that she had no intention of going through with the act,” the police report said. “She said she was exercising her First Amendment right to free speech and could say whatever she wanted.”
Actually, the First Amendment doesn’t give people the right to say whatever they want, and the most commonly cited exception is shouting fire in a crowded theater, which is speech that could endanger others. Terricka Cromartie endangered the responding officers when she led her husband to tell the police they needed to rush to her home, and those officers eventually took her in for a psychiatric evaluation, which led the state’s child-protection agency to take temporary care of her daughters.
Whatever issues Terricka and Antonio were having a year ago, they remain married. Terricka gave birth shortly after the fake suicide attempt, and she recently wrote on Twitter that she was pregnant with twins (who would be Antonio’s 11th and 12th children), although reports have indicated that her claim of being pregnant was just as fake as her alleged suicide attempt.