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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: “$21,000? I ain’t even got that”

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie AP

Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie says he can’t afford the $21,000 fine the NFL gave him for a hit on Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich last week.

Twenty-one thousand. I ain’t even got that,” Rodgers-Cromartie said with a chuckle.

Fortunately for Rodgers-Cromartie, he doesn’t have to have the $21,000 on him. It will be deducted from future paychecks.

Rodgers-Cromartie has insisted that there was nothing dirty about his hit on Leftwich, but he also conceded today that he needs to learn from it to avoid such fines in the future.

“I won’t hit him no more, I’ll tell you that much,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “It’s not even a vicious hit . . . shoot, he got up right from it. I mean, I’ll say I left my feet. I can understand that. I can understand a fine coming. . . . I wouldn’t do it again. In place, you never know. It’s football. You have to keep playing. Play through it.”

Unless he wants to play for free, Rodgers-Cromartie has to find a way to keep playing without delivering hits like the one on Leftwich.

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51 Responses to “Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: “$21,000? I ain’t even got that””
  1. defscottyb says: Aug 17, 2012 6:11 PM

    He launched at him, it was a blatant illegal hit.

  2. lew24 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:12 PM

    I think DRC was more shaken up after the hit than Big Byron Leftwich!

  3. rickastleydancemoves says: Aug 17, 2012 6:12 PM

    First time in history 2 cousins will retire from the NFL broke. Forget the usual 5 year window.

  4. joshmelder says: Aug 17, 2012 6:13 PM

    For the record, Leftwich did have 70+ pounds on Chromartie and still got walloped.

  5. donnymacjack says: Aug 17, 2012 6:17 PM

    This guy is such a mental midget…

  6. floriosfuglykid says: Aug 17, 2012 6:18 PM

    It sounds like he thinks Leftwich has something to do with it.

  7. 808raiderinparadise says: Aug 17, 2012 6:19 PM

    Thats probally how much he spends at the club on a Friday night.

  8. natelan69 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:19 PM

    I don’t think he’s a dirty player, but that was a dirty hit.

  9. udontknowjacku says: Aug 17, 2012 6:22 PM

    Dream Team

  10. wtfru2 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:24 PM

    In reading his English, he sure sounds like a bright one. His picture solidifies that belief…..

  11. blacknole08 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:24 PM

    I can think of 21,000 reasons why this guy should just stop talking. You launched your body at him like a missile which is illegal. Stop with the arrogance already.

  12. thevikes14 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:25 PM

    If you don’t have 21k, in his position at this point of his career, good luck after retirement

  13. ddjesus says: Aug 17, 2012 6:25 PM

    that was probably a joke on his part… unless he’s got 57 kids like his cousin.

  14. bjamesa says: Aug 17, 2012 6:26 PM

    “Twenty-one thousand? 70% of the people in the US earn less than that annualy” Romney-Cromartie said with a chuckle…

  15. warhammer420 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:31 PM

    The pansification of the NFL continues…

  16. melikefootball says: Aug 17, 2012 6:35 PM

    He laughs at twenty-one thousand as if it is chump change…do these types ever get it.

  17. 6250claimer says: Aug 17, 2012 6:39 PM

    Hell, at least he finally hit somebody. When he was with the Cards, I’m not sure he ever hit anyone, or even made a tackle for that matter. His reputation when it comes to tackling makes Deion Sanders look like the second coming of Night Train Lane.

  18. trollaikman8 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:46 PM

    The illiterate-ification(?) of the NFL continues.

  19. haterswelcomed says: Aug 17, 2012 6:46 PM

    He received 25K for the hit. Not a bad profit …. I kid I kid

  20. msclemons67 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:51 PM

    I mostly like DRC but launching isn’t just dangerous – it’s also bad football.

    People complaining about “flag football” seem to think fundamental football is bad? Good tackling is running through your target, not leaving your feet.

  21. joecb91 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:53 PM

    First time DRC ever hit anyone.

  22. ballboy48 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:55 PM

    How in the hell do these players not have money, after making millions? Here’s a good suggestion. Stop giving money to your boys, and set your self up for retirement! I guarantee that after your done with football, you won’t hear from 90% of “your boys”!

  23. bubba9er says: Aug 17, 2012 6:58 PM

    He had to jump a foot off the turf to reach Leftwich’s head.

  24. randallflagg52 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:59 PM

    I saw nothing wrong with that hit, if you find that hit wrong I would suggest firsbee golf or soccer as a new sport.

  25. ReinaLee says: Aug 17, 2012 7:03 PM

    Hilarious. James Harrison goes helmet to helmet with opposing QBs, and that is “just hard football” to Steelers fans. But when DRC goes high, not helmet to helmet, just high, the Steelers can get all upset. Sorry Pittsburgh, but James Harrison does worse than that every week.

    And for the record, I love watching Harrison unleash the fury on the football field, but the double standard is hysterical…

  26. db105 says: Aug 17, 2012 7:05 PM

    High salaried athletes and entertainers are good for the economy as they spend a lot. Who really cares if they are broke after a few years into retirement.

  27. jonesjack says: Aug 17, 2012 7:06 PM

    Who gets fined in a pre-season game?

  28. burrito12 says: Aug 17, 2012 7:18 PM

    He doesn’t have 21k because that is what his child support payment was last week to his 7 baby’s mamas. Or is it 8 now? Regardless, he doesn’t know their names.

  29. theuglitruth says: Aug 17, 2012 7:35 PM

    The Kolb trade starts to look a little more reasonable when DRC opens his mouth.

  30. thegreatonesays says: Aug 17, 2012 7:40 PM

    Isn’t the fine usually $50K? Sounds like he already got a pretty steep discount… If you smellllllll what the Rock.. is cookin!

  31. stevenfbrackett says: Aug 17, 2012 7:46 PM

    He got off LIGHT!!

  32. dd393 says: Aug 17, 2012 8:02 PM

    Maybe we can take up a collection for him.

  33. rebbel31 says: Aug 17, 2012 8:11 PM

    I will donate Rosetta Stone English to him for free. Sheesh

  34. geniusfan says: Aug 17, 2012 8:16 PM

    “The Kolb trade starts to look a little more reasonable when DRC opens his mouth.”

    Yeah if you ignore the facts like Kolb being paid 60 plus million dollars to most likely be a back up.

    Meanwhile DRC is a good starter while earning a salary that pays less than a million dollars annually.

    Oh and a second round pick that turned into impressive rookie and starter Mychal Kendricks.

    The Eagles fleeced the Cardinals.

  35. covercorner says: Aug 17, 2012 8:56 PM

    DRC is already broke.

  36. hollywoodhulkhogansays says: Aug 17, 2012 9:21 PM

    The jokes just write themselves in regards to the Eagles franchise on and off the field. It’s going to be hilarious to see how Easy RGIII and Co. sweep the Eagles brother while yet another season passes with an empty trophy case in Philly.

  37. greymares says: Aug 17, 2012 9:23 PM

    still working on his rookie contract fellas.

  38. polapea says: Aug 17, 2012 9:32 PM

    burrito12 says: Aug 17, 2012 7:18 PM

    He doesn’t have 21k because that is what his child support payment was last week to his 7 baby’s mamas. Or is it 8 now? Regardless, he doesn’t know their names.

    ———————————————————–

    Wrong Cromartie. Antonio Cromartie plays for the Jets and has 10 kids. DRC plays for the Eagles and has no kids.

    Thanks for playing though.

  39. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 17, 2012 9:32 PM

    ballboy48 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:55 PM

    How in the hell do these players not have money, after making millions? Here’s a good suggestion. Stop giving money to your boys, and set your self up for retirement! I guarantee that after your done with football, you won’t hear from 90% of “your boys”!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    That’s where you’re wrong. They’ll all be sitting on the same stoop sippin’ off the same 40oz.

  40. mancave001 says: Aug 17, 2012 9:35 PM

    defscottyb says:
    Aug 17, 2012 6:11 PM

    “He launched at him, it was a blatant illegal hit.”
    =============================

    I don’t think “blatant” fits. “Clear” perhaps. But consider the circumstances: He led with the shoulder and mostly hit the shoulder (with some helmet contact, obviously). Leftwhich was also on the run and out of the pocket. The issue is that he launched from his feet. Clearly, it’s a penalty and should likely be fineable as well. But $21,000 for a first offense? That’s way out of line.

  41. phuriousjorge says: Aug 17, 2012 9:39 PM

    He sure didn’t spend it on tutoring.

  42. Corey W. says: Aug 17, 2012 9:40 PM

    I’m not sure whether he actually does have that much money, but it does put things in perspective for the rest of us. Imagine being fined $21,000 for doing your job too well. You’d be out for blood wouldn’t you?

  43. brainfries says: Aug 17, 2012 9:40 PM

    AWESOME hit DRC!! Please lay a similar one on Romo during the regular season!

  44. twenty6power says: Aug 17, 2012 9:58 PM

    WTFRU2:

    Granted, the English is bad but WTF R U 2rying to insinuate with the picture comment?

    That’s way outside the lines.

  45. goldenperspective says: Aug 17, 2012 10:17 PM

    Too bad it wasn’t Big Ben that took the lick.

  46. nflfollower says: Aug 17, 2012 10:47 PM

    It wasn’t “dirty” it was just illegal in todays NFL. I’m sorry, but a hit that would have gotten him highlights on ESPNs “jacked up” segment 5 years ago now has legions of so called football fans calling it dirty. I understand its against todays rules and was therefore illegal, but there’s a difference between illegal and dirty.

    Are we going to say Ronnie lott was a dirty player? No, of course not, he played the game the way it was meant to be played, violently. I feel sorry for todays kids who never got to experience the NFL at its best.

  47. latchbeam says: Aug 18, 2012 2:56 AM

    Yes, you do have that.

  48. twenty6power says: Aug 18, 2012 1:45 PM

    Well said NFL follower.

  49. steviesteeler says: Aug 18, 2012 10:52 PM

    And this guy graduated college… With grammar like this it just shows if your a good enough athlete you don’t have to have intelligence at most schools

  50. pnutt81 says: Aug 20, 2012 7:05 PM

    Steviesteeler, the next time you criticize someone’s grammar, you might want to make sure that YOU’RE using proper usage… “it just shows if YOUR a good enough athelete you don’t have to have intelligence…” obviously YOU’RE not the brightest bulb on the Xmas tree either!
    As far as “the hit” goes, it’s Football! This is a game of hard hitting not hard grabbing. And for a bunch of men to be complaining that a defensive back is hitting too hard is simply disgraceful! You might be better off watching “Desperate Housewives”!

  51. dboy10 says: Aug 21, 2012 11:34 PM

    Is he still on his rookie contract? He prob does ONLY have a couple million after taxes. Im assuming hes bought alot of expensive things & has some high bills. 21,000 prob is alot to him….i dont think he was making light of the fine.

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