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Antonio Cromartie has given up his $10,000 weekends


When Antonio Cromartie entered the NFL as the Chargers’ first-round draft pick in 2006, he signed a five-year, $13.5 million contract. And he blew almost all of that.

Cromartie said on NFL Network that when he looks back at the way he spent in his first few years in the league, he shakes his head at how irresponsible he was.

“I didn’t have no responsibility,” Cromartie said. “I spent $10,000 one weekend, I spent $10,000 the next weekend.”

And those $10,000 weekends weren’t even Cromartie’s biggest expense.

“I wasted $5 million in my first three seasons,” Cromartie said. “I had two Dodge Chargers, two Escalades, two BMWs. My first three years, I probably spent, probably, $5 million. And I don’t have nothing to show for it at all.”

Cromartie prioritized spending on weekend partying and cars over taking care of his children, and so by the time he got traded to the Jets in 2010, he was so far behind on child support that the Jets gave him a $500,000 salary advance just so he could make up all his back payments.

The good news is that Cromartie saw the error of his ways before his career ended, and he now says he’s spending and saving his money wisely, while also talking to younger players about the need to be financially responsible. Here’s hoping that if any Jets veterans tell the rookies that they’re required to pay for expensive nights out, Cromartie is speaking up and telling his young teammates to save their money.

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23 Responses to “Antonio Cromartie has given up his $10,000 weekends”
  1. thefox61 says: Jul 14, 2013 11:08 AM

    If you are going for a walk in the rain, put on a raincoat.

  2. ryann252013 says: Jul 14, 2013 11:10 AM

    Good for Cromartie and his family, sometimes giving someone a chance can change a man.

  3. green41563 says: Jul 14, 2013 11:10 AM

    He’s cleaned up his act on the field, too. Ironically, he’s become a model teammate and leader.

  4. ryann252013 says: Jul 14, 2013 11:11 AM

    I also wish him the best possible season
    Go jets

  5. chargersdiehard says: Jul 14, 2013 11:12 AM

    So it only took him 30 years to grow up? Wow.

  6. cmdrsmooth says: Jul 14, 2013 11:43 AM

    Nice to see some learn from their own mistakes and teach others. A lot of athletes need role models and Cromartie is turning into a good one. Good from him and the Jets.

  7. upperdecker19 says: Jul 14, 2013 12:04 PM

    Can he play quarterback though?

  8. spellingcops says: Jul 14, 2013 12:11 PM

    Cro was one of the last players about which I’d expect to read a story like this. Good for him.

  9. scytherius says: Jul 14, 2013 12:33 PM

    To learn and change for the better is about the greatest thing one can do in their lives. So few ever do. Good for him.

  10. jtbaudendistel says: Jul 14, 2013 1:41 PM

    Glad to see a player wake up before it’s too late. Talk to the rooks brother

  11. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jul 14, 2013 2:06 PM

    I’ve taken quite a few shots at him on here, but I have to say I really respect the way he’s owning up to his errors and trying to help younger players not make those same mistakes.

  12. charger383 says: Jul 14, 2013 2:07 PM

    Good for him

  13. titansbro says: Jul 14, 2013 2:07 PM

    It’s still unlikely he won’t end up broke someday.

  14. chas88 says: Jul 14, 2013 2:23 PM

    I’m a Patriots fan, but I’m glad to see that Cromartie has learned from his mistakes, moved on, and now makes better decisions. Always nice to see someone get a second chance and do it right the next time.

  15. joemontanaflaccid says: Jul 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    12 kids by 8 women in 6 States, that’s a lot of child support for a long time. The real test will be, when his football days are over, and the money stops.

  16. jetsfaninjersey says: Jul 14, 2013 3:36 PM

    It is great to see such positive support as we are all humans first then athletes..Kudos to him and his call up call. A lot to be said for second chances and as Jets fans saw him grow up on the field last year. If he can help a rookie not to make the same mistakes….thats what it is about.

  17. n001363 says: Jul 14, 2013 8:23 PM

    So what we have here is an idiot, not aware that he’s an idiot, giving other idiots advice..…………….. Idiotic!

  18. tiger7575 says: Jul 14, 2013 9:30 PM

    Can he name his children in alphabetical order yet?

  19. dirtdawg54 says: Jul 14, 2013 11:04 PM

    Maybe he can use some of his money to learn English.

  20. kiffanik says: Jul 15, 2013 9:08 AM

    “Didn’t have the responsibility”? I was at FSU with him, he had several children when he got drafted so I’m confused.

  21. steelerben says: Jul 15, 2013 10:38 AM

    What does it say about the world we live in when a guy deciding to pay his child support instead of blowing $10,000 a weekend on partying, millions on cars, and otherwise wasting his money is cause to celebrate? Are we going to applaud him for not going to jail next?

  22. doublenickelz says: Jul 15, 2013 11:03 AM

    I agree with Steelerben!!! Today our society has really lost its focus! This guy has BLOWN Millions and we applaud him for doing what he should have done 10 years prior! I feel the NFL needs to really clean itself up. Too many DUIs and Broke players.

  23. hawkstradamus says: Jul 15, 2013 6:48 PM

    The dude is lucky he plays a position with longevity.

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