On Monday, Jets coach Rex Ryan claimed Sunday’s game between his team and the Patriots was personal between him and Bill Belichick.
But Jets corner Antonio Cromartie has made things really personal between him and Tom Brady.
The former Charger, in his first season with New York, went on an obscenity-laced tirade about Brady to the New York Daily News. Writer Gary Myers talked with Cromartie about Rex Ryan’s comment this week that Brady “points” when he scores, apparently to taunt opponents.
“We see that a lot. He does it a lot,” Cromartie said. “That’s the kind of guy he is. We really don’t give a damn, to tell you the truth.”
Okay, what kind of guy is Brady?
Cromartie’s dislike of Brady dates to his days in San Diego, as it is for his current/former teammate LaDainian Tomlinson; Cromartie was a rookie in 2006 when the Chargers blew a 21-13 fourth-quarter lead at home in the AFC Divisional round and the Patriots went on to a 24-21 win. That was the infamous game in which Tomlinson said the Patriots lack class and that maybe it comes from their coach, while reminding everyone that he is a classy guy.
As is Cromartie.
“I hate them,” Cromartie said. “I don’t care. I hate them.”
Brady or the Patriots?
“Both,” he said.
“Everything is personal with me and the Patriots and what they did to us,” Cromartie said. “So, I really don’t care. I don’t have too much to say about them. I’m just ready to play ball on Sunday.”
Is this a bad time to bring up the fact that Cromartie has fathered nine children by eight different women and that the Jets had to front him $500,000 in salary this year so he could pay back child support?