August 20, 2010, - 12:06 pm
HBO’s NFL reality series, “Hard Knocks,” did this interview, below, with New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. At age 26, he’s fathered eight children, only one of which was born to the woman to whom he is now married. In the video, he not only struggles with the names of the 8 kids, but it’s apparent he’s fathered at least four three-year-olds to four different women. Yes, the dude got four different women pregnant in one year. And seven of his eight kids were apparently fathered in a time span of three years. That’s an average of one kid every five months. Two of his kids were fathered in the last year (again, they’re not twins). He has eight kids in six different states. Again, the guy is only 26. Yup, this is America, today: Baby Daddy (& Baby Mama) Nation. And they wonder why conservatives object to the breakdown of the American nuclear family. Um, this might be a hint:
Imagine his child support bills. Cromartie is on his way to becoming the next Travis Henry (who fathered eleven kids with ten women, whose multi-million NFL salary was mostly garnished, and who was convicted on cocaine trafficking charges and is in federal prison).
In a 2009 interview (before he fathered child #8), Cromartie said this:
“Last year my head wasn’t in there,” Cromartie said. “I was dealing with my kids and their moms. It had my mind somewhere else.”
There are a lot of directions to be pulled when you have seven kids living in five states.
Cromartie has been named in at least five paternity suits in the past two years. Wichard said all of those have been addressed.
“It’s all part of the simplification process,” [Cromartie’s agent, Gary] Wichard said. “Everyone will be taken care of.”
That’s “simplification”? Hilarious.
Part of Wichard and his team’s goal of simplifying has been to intervene with those who are making demands of Cromartie and explain the situation. Something like: If you want Antonio to truly take care of you and the kids, let him take care of himself first.
Said Cromartie: “They handle it. It’s a lot simpler.”
It’s simplification for responsibilities’ sake.
All of Cromartie’s children are under 5.
Nauseating. Exit Questions: How many of Antonio Cromartie’s kids will end up on public assistance? How many of his kids will grow up to be baby daddies, themselves, or criminals or both (as is the path for many of these illegitimate kids)?
My headline says the video is “hilarious,” but it’s really very sad. Sad for those kids, and sad for America. He may be making millions now. But when his NFL career is over in a few years and the money runs out, you’ll be paying for his kids . . . in more ways than just welfare checks.
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