Antonio Cromartie Wise to Back Away from Reality Show About His 10 Kids

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01:   Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie might have made some bad decisions in his life, but he recently made the right call not to participate in a reality television show about his 10 children. 

According to the New York Post, a TV production company liked the idea of featuring Cromartie and his kids "trying to co-exist as a modern family." 

Cromartie shot down the proposition, which was the correct move for the NFL veteran as his focus needs to be on football right now. While family is important, putting your life and your kids' life on reality television is not good parenting. 

As far as we know, the Jets' defensive back has 10 children with eight different women in six states. One more kid from Cromartie and he can put together a full defensive unit during family get-togethers. 

Naturally, most of the other mothers wanted to participate in this reality TV show. Cromartie already pays more than $3,500 a month to all but one of his baby mamas, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the other moms wanted this show for even more money. 

A few of the mothers told the paper they wanted to do the show because it would allow their children to meet their half-siblings. 

Ryan Ross, who has a four-year-old son named Tyler Jae (Cromartie's fifth child), said it would be all about the kids.

"I love it,” Ross said of the proposed TV show. “Our kids need to know who their siblings are. It’s bigger than our past with Antonio. It’s about our children."

It is essential that these kids know who their siblings are, and it's up to Cromartie to make that happen, but putting them on TV is not the best way to accomplish such a task.

The majority of reality TV shows thrive off drama, and I highly doubt the production company wanting to do this show will focus solely on Cromartie's children.

They are going to want the juicy stuff, which would easily be the craziness Cromartie encounters with all of his baby mamas. That's the footage that will sell and keep people enthralled with the show, not the kids.  

Reality TV isn't something kids should be the stars of, as placing them in the public eye won't do them any good. They need a normal childhood.

Given, what they currently have is far from normal, but having them on TV for the world see won't help the situation.

Kudos to Cromartie for not exploiting his kids. 



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