Cromartie says he’s not “cowardly,” Tebow’s a “good teammate”

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Maybe at this point, we should just call the roll.

First, Jets linebacker Bart Scott said he wasn’t the unnamed teammate who said Tim Tebow was “terrible,” refuting a suggestion by former teammate LaDainian Tomlinson.

Now, the other suspect Tomlinson named, cornerback Antonio Cromartie, said it wasn’t him either.

I heard it, but I have no response for a retired player,” Cromartie said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “Y’all know me. If I say something, I put my name on everything I say. I really don’t care if I hurt somebody’s feelings. That’s not me. For me to sit here and talk about a teammate, nah. If I’m going to talk about a teammate, I’m going to tell him in person.

“I’m not going to go to the media and say I’m an anonymous-type person. I’m not that kind of cowardly person.”

Cromartie called the anonymous Tebow bashing “stupidity.”

“The guy is a good teammate,” Cromartie said. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. You can’t say too much about him because he’s a team player.

“You can’t sit here and say, ‘That guy’s been terrible.’ I don’t understand why you would say that. What you see from him in practice, he’s getting better. . . . You can’t sit here and bad mouth a teammate because, at the end of the day, that affects everyone in the locker room, especially that guy there.”

Since we can assume Tebow himself didn’t say it, we’ve now crossed three names off the list.