Cromartie ripped NFL and union leaders on Monday over the looming labor confrontation that threatens to put the game in mothballs for an extended period. He dusted off his Tom Brady insult, referring to league and union bosses alike as "ass-----."
Players have rallied around their union leaders by condemning Cromartie's biting remarks, and one of them drew his ire in particular.
But Cromartie heard about it and fired off a response:
A_Cromartie31 @Hasselbeck hey Matt if u have something to then say it be a man about it. Don't erase it. I will smash ur face in.
Hasselbeck tried to laugh off the exchange with an apology:
Hasselbeck @A_Cromartie31 Sorry for the joke man. No hard feelings. DB's & QB's have a hard time getting along I guess sometimes. lol
Nothing forges union brotherhood better than Twitter, apparently.
"I think it's crap," Angelo said. "I thought they were a union. If that's the way the unionize themselves, they have bigger issues than the ones they have with the owners. I'm very disappointed in that.
"That, to me, is dirty pool. It is what it is. People are allowed to say what they want to say but that doesn't mean that it's right. It's certainly not grounded."
Cromartie also threatened violence on Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward a couple days before the AFC Championship Game. Cromartie said the best remedy for dealing with Ward's reputed dirty play was "Grab his ass by the throat and choke the s--- out of him."