Antonio Cromartie’s Situation More Tragedy than Sitcom
Antonio Cromartie is a Youtube sensation. You know the one I’m talking about. The one where in the second episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” Cromartie appears to be struggling to name all of his eight children.
We’ve all had a chuckle over it, because it’s funny to point and laugh at dumb millionaires who don’t know any better. But the truth is, it’s not really that funny at all...a feeling that New York Post’s Phil Mushnick shares with me.
“Yet this short, taped chat with Cromartie dripped with his conceit and boastfulness, including this one: 'In high school, I was a stud.' Good grief.”
Mushnick is right on the money. Look, if Cromartie’s situation were portrayed on a TV sitcom, it would be comedy gold. How many shows out there feature a main character who is a womanizer? At least once, all of those shows had a plot that centered around said character possibly being a father to children from multiple mothers. We laugh, we point at, we make fun of, because it’s not real.
I think that’s the way we feel about professional athletes sometimes, that they are not real people, merely characters for our amusement. The reality here is that Cromartie’s eight kids were not placed in his life by some writer, but because he was irresponsible. Those eight kids are real, and that he had trouble naming all of them is downright sad (whether that segment was doctored or not).
What about those five women who have to be single mothers now, or more importantly, those eight kids who belong to a family that only the Addams could rival.
Instead of making a joke, Cromartie’s story should be a cautionary tale about stupidity and ignorance.
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