NFL: Antonio Cromartie Offers Reasonable Take on Labor Dispute

| by Off The Record

While the media and fans have to sit and listen to the endless posturing of both sides of the NFL labor dispute, nothing continues to get done. There is no new CBA, and the NFLPA and NFL don’t seem to be in any hurry to strike a deal.

That will mean that everyone loses. Players, owners, executives, coaches, stadium workers, fans. Everyone. So, we don’t blame New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie for being a little pissy about the whole mess. After all, he’s got seven kids to feed, dammit!

“You got our head union rep acting like an a-hole,” Cromartie told the New York Daily News. “They got their guys acting like a-holes. So they just need to get their sh– together and just get it done.”

Cromartie probably realized at that point, that many of his fellow players may not appreciate him calling out NFLPA leadership. They are supposed to be all in this together.

“Honestly, I don’t give a damn if they get mad at me or not,” Cromartie continued. “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.”

While Cromartie has come off like a chowderhead in previous interviews, we have to agree with him here. He’s exactly right, and more people should call out these people who have everyone’s future in their hands. The CBA issues didn’t just crop up last night. This has been looming for a while and everyone thinks it’s okay to sit down in a room every 3-4 months or so.

Lock yourself in a Denny’s bathroom and don’t come out until you have a new CBA. You’re f’ing with all of us. Just ask Antonio.