CB Antonio Cromartie, who played with the Jets last season, has spoken out against the NFL Players Association in the past. On Wednesday, the day the trade association is in court to try and end the lockout, Cromartie made his opinions public once again.
Writing on his Twitter account, @A_Cromartie31, Cromartie sided with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other members of league management who want testing for human growth hormone in the NFL. Many players have opposed this, but Cromartie seems not to have a problem with it.
"Jus was reading an article about HGH testing in the NFL. I'm for it I'm not against it. If u against that mean you hiding something," Cromartie wrote.
Expanding on his opinion, he followed that up with "i mean u shouldn't have 2 cheat 2 get an edge just go out an play ball. God created us all differently so us the talents he blessed us with."
Several of Cromartie's 88,000-plus followers asked him to clarify his comments, which the cornerback did on several occasions. In follow-up Tweets, he reiterated that he'd done his research on the issue. One fan asked if the testing, which involves blood being drawn, would be invasive, a popular complaint among players. "No I don't I mean we do all the other testing Y not add the HGH to it," Cromartie answered.
The way we see it
His comments may not be popular with some of his fellow players, but Cromartie deserves praise for speaking out in this forum. HGH testing would be good for football and as the cornerback mentions, players are already being tested for other illegal substances, so why not add ones that create a competitive disadvantage?
Editors note: All quotes in this article taken directly from Twitter.