Antonio Cromartie Deleting Twitter Account Shows Much-Needed Maturity

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IMay 9, 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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The decision may not seem like much, but New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie showed some much-needed maturity on Wednesday when he covertly ended his time on social media platform Twitter. 

According to Funny Athlete Tweets, a member of the Yardbarker Network, Cromartie took down his Twitter page but gave no reason why he was deleting the account. 

"This is last post on twitter taking down page have fun," Cromartie tweeted on Wednesday. His page (formerly @ACromartie) is no longer active. 

Yet for a player who has had his share of maturity issues, erasing the page may finally show a willingness to concentrate more of his time on playing the sport. 

At the very least, the decision ensures Cromartie will no longer be a one-man Twitter circus. 

His list of Twitter moments is a long one. 

In 2009, the San Diego Chargers fined Cromartie $2,500 for complaining about the food quality during the team's training camp. San Diego had a strict rule in place which banned players from using social media to voice opinions on team matters, which triggered the fine. 

During the summer of the NFL's lockout, Cromartie also engaged in a war of words with former Seattle Seahawks and current Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck via Twitter. However, to be fair to Cromartie, it was Hasselbeck who called him out first for his critical stance on the player union's negotiations during the process.

More recently, Cromartie shared his opinions on the Jets' acquisition of former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow via Twitter. 

"We don't need Tebow," Cromartie tweeted. 

He later wondered why the Jets would bring in Tebow when the team needed more weapons for current starter Mark Sanchez

The former Chargers defensive back was also active on Twitter about his potential position change from cornerback to safety—news which the Jets likely weren't in favor of releasing to the public before the season.

The social media platform has obviously been a lightning rod for attention and criticism of the cornerback, and you have to wonder if the Jets' brass had anything to do with Cromartie shutting it down, especially after the latest Tebow fiasco.

In the end, the removal of his account can only be a good thing for Cromartie and the Jets. A father of 12 kids—yes, 12—Cromartie needs to start showing a higher maturity level. Maybe now his concentration level can shift more towards playing football, too. 

Removing Twitter may be only a small step in his maturity process, but it's a step forward nonetheless.