Antonio Cromartie has choice words for Tom Brady
Antonio Cromartie took the Jets' attempt to start a war of words with the Patriots to a new level Tuesday, telling the New York Daily News what he really thinks of New England quarterback Tom Brady in a profanity-laced rant.
The New York cornerback had been asked about Brady's actions during the Patriots' 45-3 rout of the Jets in December, when the New England quarterback pointed his finger at the New York sideline after a fourth-quarter touchdown pass.
"We see that a lot. He does it a lot," said Cromartie, whose Jets face the Patriots in an AFC divisional playoff game Sunday. "That's the kind of guy he is."
Soon after, the profanity started. Somewhere along the way, Cromartie also mentioned that he hates Brady, who responded to the tirade Wednesday.
"I've been called worse," he said in front of his locker. "There's a long list of people that feel that way."
Jets Coach Rex Ryan, who is known for having a foul mouth of his own, stood by his player.
"Am I going to punish Cromartie for saying something, or whatever? No," Ryan said in a conference call with New England media. "I know one thing, we respect New England but we don't fear them. A comment like that, it's just the fact they're the enemy as we look at them this week."
He added: "We're not apologizing for anything."
In recent days, Ryan has attempted to engage Brady and/or Patriots Coach Bill Belichick in a verbal sparring match through the media, but neither of them has shown much interest in playing along.
-- Chuck Schilken
Photo: Antonio Cromartie. Credit: Julio Cortez / Associated Press