Antonio Cromartie is a Piece of Work

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bill-swift - April 18, 2012

There are a number of professional football players that failed to learn one very important lesson back in grade school. If you are going to have sex and prefer not to have a baby than you need to practice some form of protection.

New York Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie is not the only one, but the man definitely does not know anything about protection. At the tender young age of 27—a time when many people are having their first child—he has 10 by eight different women.

Yes, you read that right; 10 children, eight baby mommas.

Many of them had been approached by a television production company about doing a reality show centered on the wide-spread Cromartie off-spring (they live in six different states). Most of the moms were eager to do the show. To them it seemed like a great way for their kids to get to know their siblings not to mention they could use the extra money too.

It's too bad Antonio has said no to the show.

As the Dad, he has the right to pull the plug on the show if he wants to. Apparently after becoming a laughing-stock after a now infamous clip on Hard Knocks in 2010 he's a little nervous when it comes to reality shows.

He became the butt of jokes around the league and on talk shows everywhere when the Jets were on Hard Knocks a couple of seasons ago. It appeared that Cromartie was having trouble remembering the names of his children (and even forgot one). He claims that the now infamous clip was a product of editing and him just doing what the producers asked (yeah, right).

The man definitely has his hands full when it comes to the kiddies. Prior to joining the New York Jets in 2010 he had to get an advance on his salary ($500,000) so that he could catch up on child support. It's been said that he pays around $250,000 a year in child support—which makes it good that he signed a four-year deal for $32 million last season.

If he really cared about giving his children every opportunity to have a better life he would sign off on the show. Instead, just like many of his brethren in professional sports, he is more concerned about his image than anything else (Antonio—your image already sucks).

Article by Travis Pulver