Cromartie: Tirade wasn't trash talk

Antonio Cromartie says he doesn’t care if the Patriots perceive his profanity-laced tirade against Tom Brady as a form of trash talk.

And if the Pats want to use his words as bulletin-board material, he's OK with that, too.

“My whole thing was, I’m not trash-talking I just spoke on how I felt about somebody. That’s not trash-talking to me. If you feel a certain way about somebody, then that’s how you feel,” Cromartie said in the Jets locker room on Friday. “I don’t really care if they take it as trash talk, if they put it on the bulletin board for them to see when they walk out of the locker room. I really don’t care.”

On Tuesday, Cromartie complained to the New York Daily News about Brady pointing to the Jets' sideline after he threw a touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter of the Jets' 45-3 loss to the Patriots on Dec. 6.

"We see that a lot. He does it a lot," Cromartie told the Daily News. "That's the kind of guy he is. We really don't give a damn, to tell you the truth."

Asked what kind of guy Brady is, Cromartie said "ass----," according to the Daily News.


"That's what I think about him. I don't really give a damn about him," he said, according to the report.

On Friday, Cromartie said Brady was a “professional” who likely wouldn’t need to use Cromartie’s remarks as motivation for the Jets-Patriots Divisional playoff game on Sunday afternoon.

“If a guy is not motivated now, then he really isn’t going to be motivated,” Cromartie said. “…. It’s all about doing your job. I could really care less about the trash talk, or so-called trash talk.”