The flipside of Cromartie's upside

The New York Jets made an intrepid move Thursday night, acquiring San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie for a 2011 draft choice.


CromartieThe move was bold on many levels. Cromartie is a confounding figure both on and off the field.

First the upside: He'll turn just 26 next month. He was an All-Pro in 2007, when he led the league with 10 interceptions.

But he brings his share of problems with him and will face the same type of scrutiny receiver Braylon Edwards received when the Jets traded for him in October.

In the interest of providing a more complete look at Cromartie than merely considering how potentially terrifying he and Darrelle Revis can be for opposing quarterbacks, let's take a look at the more troublesome aspects of his background.

  • Cromartie has at least seven children in five states. Depending on the report, they were born to five or six women. (If he can't keep them straight, how can we?) All the children are under 6 years old.

  • The San Diego Union-Tribune has reported he owes $25,000 in unpaid child support and has been the subject of five paternity lawsuits over the past three years.

  • The Union-Tribune reported Friday morning Cromartie twice has failed to appear in court to address traffic tickets and has neglected to pay $799 in fines.

  • The same story noted Cromartie is due in court this month for a case related to child support.

  • San Diego police investigated him for assault for allegedly hitting a man over the head with a champagne bottle at a bar in November. No charges were filed for lack of evidence.

  • Chargers coach Norv Turner fined Cromartie $2,500 for ripping the team's training-camp cuisine and suggesting that type of treatment is why they can't win Super Bowls.