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Antonio Cromartie Lashes Out at DeMaurice Smith, NFL Owners

Jan 24, 2011 – 6:53 PM
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Antonio CromartiePrior to the AFC divisional-playoff game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie used profane language to describe how he felt about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and took a lot of flack for it.

Now, Cromartie has used some colorful words again in the aftermath of Sunday's 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship -- only this time, he is getting some praise because of who his words were directed at.

Cromartie lashed out at NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith for choosing to use the phrase "we're at war" to describe current labor negotiations. Cromartie also criticized the owners for the stance they are taking.

"You got our head union rep acting like an a-hole," Cromartie told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "They got their guys acting like a-holes. So they just need to get their s**t together and just get it done."

Obviously aware of how his words might resonate with other players, Cromartie didn't seem too concerned.

"Honestly, I don't give a damn if they get mad at me or not," Cromartie said. "But it's getting to the point where it's getting ridiculous when everything is always dealing with money. You're basically dealing with people's livelihoods. You're dealing with hundreds of thousands of other people in this workplace from the venues to everyone else. To me, you need to stop bitching about it. If you want to say that you want to get into a room and meet. Then, do it. Don't just talk about it."

The question now is: Will Cromartie's message fall on deaf ears?
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