Antonio Cromartie Proves that Football Players are Just Like the Rest of Us
By Alan Schechter
June 12, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) during New York Jets Minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
This question goes out to the male Jets fans that are married, or in a serious relationship. You know how the women in our lives tell us that we have no ability to admit we are wrong? Well I am going on record to admit that it is true.
Same is true for our football players. The brilliant Antonio Cromartie proved that at the end of this past week.
As we know, he commented that he would rank himself as the second best wide receiver on the team, which caused Chaz Schilens to get annoyed. After not talking to the media for a couple of days, he finally spoke on Friday, and was asked if he regretted making the comments. Here is what he had to say:
“I don’t regret saying it,” he said. “Why would I regret something that’s already been said? I didn’t regret saying it, no. If the receivers felt like they were disrespected, at the end of the day, they can come talk to me, and I can explain to them exactly what I meant by it and things like that.”
He thought that the media might have twisted his words when they were brought to Chaz, and then had this to say:
“If they felt disrespected, I didn’t in any kind of way try to disrespect them,” Cromartie said. “I was just talking about my abilities and things like that, but at the end of the day, we’re all teammates. We’ll let it go, and we’ll just keep going about our business.”
First of all, with all due respect to Mr. Cromartie, I love him when he records interceptions, big kick returns, ..etc., but he is not off to any Mensa meetings during the week of games. Watch the segment on “Hard Knocks”, when he revealed the number of kids that he has, and had difficulty remembering their names.
He’s no genius. He never would have made the comments in the first place if he was.
However, now that there was a backlash, here’s an idea. Instead of trying to defend, and justify the remarks, how about saying, “I shouldn’t have said it, I was wrong.”
If you feel your words were twisted, Antonio, why not just back off of them? Say I was wrong for saying them, and that can’t be twisted. Don’t fuel your words by trying to justify them.
Why does he do it? Because he is a man.
And we all can’t admit we are wrong. We all get into trouble for it. Jets players just do it on a larger scale.
But they are just like us in that regard.