Wow. The New York Jets are fronting CB Antonio Cromartie some serious paper to help him straighten out some “paternity issues” he is having before the offseason program starts:
With seven children by six different women in five states and at least five paternity suits in the past two years, new Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie needs cash.
The Jets have stepped up, giving Cromartie $500,000 in up-front money (in the form of a bonus) on the final year of a contract that’ll pay him $1.7 million in 2010. During a conference call with beat reporters on Friday, Cromartie spoke of how he had to clear up his paternity issues before he can report to the start of the offseason program on March 22. He has a court date in California later this month.
Also on Friday, GM Mike Tannenbaum vowed to be supportive of Cromartie and said the player has “some work to do” before he can come East. Cromartie needs the ready cash because NFL players don’t begin collecting their salaries until the first week of the season and it would take a while for Cromartie to come up with that kind of money.
Then again, Cromartie signed a five-year, $12 million contract as a rookie in 2006. Apparently, most, if not all, of that money is gone.
Five paternity suits in the past two years?!?!?! WTF?!?!? Man, this is just some pure ignorance right here. We know most athletes these days have baby mamas here and there, but this is just extreme….the fact that the Jets are supporting this irresponsible craziness is beyond us!
Sidenote: Cromartie is also married to “Candy Girls” video vixen Terricka Cason.