Former Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, 32, has re-joined the NFL as an Indianapolis Colt. On Monday, Aug. 22, he signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the franchise after spending the off-season unsigned by any ball club.
Cromartie, a Tallahassee native, graduated from Lincoln High School in that city before going on to matriculate at Florida State University.
He has had a few brushes with the law in recent years, including failing to pay child support to the 32-year-old mother of one of his children. Celebrity gossip website TMZ reported that the woman is the mother of the football player’s oldest child. He was ordered last January to start paying her monthly support payments of $4,000, yet had not done so.
He was supposed to answer last month to the Florida family court judge as to why he didn’t pay up, yet skipped out on court. A rep for Cromartie reportedly stated that he refused to pay child support because he felt that the child’s mother would not use the support money appropriately. Cromartie also believes his child is better off in his custody, as he has had physical custody since 2009 until earlier this year.
The judge issued a warrant for his arrest the day after he missed court. However, it was withdrawn the same afternoon once Cromartie made a support payment. It’s unknown how much was owed or paid.
Cromartie is quite prolific, as he is father to a dozen children. A set of twins was born to him and his wife in May, making them the third and fourth children born to the couple. It’s reported that the athlete fathered the rest of his children with seven additional women.
Source: New York Post, “Antonio Cromartie’s contract saves him from arrest,” Mark W. Sanchez, Aug. 23, 2016