Antonio Cromartie Backtracks Says He Was “Misunderstood” When He Dissed Tim Tebow

Here was Cromartie original statement verbatim.

We don’t need Tebow. We sell out every home game let him go to Jacksonville Tampa or Miami. Our wildcat offense can b ran by J. Kerley or Joe McKnight we straight.

Y bring Tebow in when we need to bring in more Weapons for @Mark_Sanchez let’s build the team around him. We already signed to 3 year ext.

Here is Cromartie latest statement.

“He’s going to bring another element to the Jets,” Cromartie said Friday, per Manish Mehta of the New York Post. “He’s a winner. He’s a guy that never quits. If you give him a chance to win a game, he’s going to go out and win it. I think that’s what [general manager] Mike Tannenbaum and Rex [Ryan] saw in him.”

“I think a lot of people took what I said the wrong way,” Cromartie said. “People took it as me dissing Tebow. I never dissed Tebow. I just said we don’t need him on our team because Mark is our quarterback. I would never degrade an NFL player because he’s in the NFL for a reason.Tebow’s proven over the past couple years why he’s in the NFL. I would never take a shot at any NFL player. He’s been a winner all his life. He’s pulled his teams out of predicaments. I’m not the kind of person that would degrade or belittle someone in the NFL.”

I do believe that he was standing up for Mark Sanchez, the other part I don’t think he is being honest.

The dig that Tebow is a gimmick only around to sell tickets is a diss there is no way around that.  Now, maybe after talking it over with Jets management he has a better understanding of Tebow’s role with the team, but don’t insult our intelligence, it was pretty clear he didn’t feel at the time Tebow was needed.

He also degraded his accomplishments with the tickets comment.

Instead of saying he was misinterpreted, he should have just said he was wrong, if he truly believes what he said isn’t true.  If not, if you say something and you believe it, say it with your chest, don’t backtrack after the fact.