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Antonio Cromartie Has 7 Kids in 5 Different States and it’s a Distraction

So here I thought Travis Henry and his 11 kids by nine women was bad, and now I find out that Chargers CB Antonio Cromartie is hot on his trail. A nice Sunday feature on Cromartie in the San Diego Union-Tribune talks about all the work he’s doing this offseason to try and have a great year on the field. In addition to the hip injury Cromartie played through all last year, we find out that Antonio was distracted by several off-field issues as well.

UPDATE: In this video, Antonio Cromartie has a hard time remembering all eight of his children’s names.

All throughout the organization there were whispers that the then-24-year-old’s head was not right. But sitting down between workouts last week, Cromartie acknowledged a less-than-focused drift through the 2008 season.

“Last year my head wasn’t in there,” Cromartie said. “I was dealing with my kids and their moms. It had my mind somewhere else.”

There are a lot of directions to be pulled when you have seven kids living in five states. Cromartie has been named in at least five paternity suits in the past two years.

Just another reminder when you’re wondering what the heck is up with a player when he’s not performing well that they can be bothered by everyday problems just like us. Divorces, family problems, paternity issues — it all wears on a man! I just hope the former Sporting News magazine cover boy might consider wearing that cup of his every day of the week, not just Sundays.

McNair Fans Pissed it Was Closed Casket

You know, I’ve never been one of those open casket types. Once someone’s gone, that’s it for me — I don’t want to remember them lying in a casket, completely lifeless. But I guess like most things, I’m in the minority on this one. Take for instance your typical Titans or general NFL fan. I’m not sure exactly what they had to gain by visiting Steve McNair’s casket at the funeral home, but some felt that they needed to be there. These are probably the same people who slow down at the scene of a car crash and look over, all the while bringing the freeway speed down from 70mph to 25. Thanks guys. So anyway, if you want to know how sick some of these people are, they were bitching that it wasn’t open-casket. No joke.

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Martellus and Michael Bennett Compete in Black Olympics Chicken, Watermelon, and Kool-Aid Video

Unfortunately this is not the first time we’ve been down the Martellus Bennett composing controversial YouTube videos road. My man HG at You Been Blinded shared the Martellus Bennett Black Olympics video and I couldn’t believe how dumb Marty B was. What sane person in the public eye, open to media scrutiny, would actually film a racially stereotypical video and then actually promote it? Well, Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett and his brother, running back Michael Bennett are that dumb:

The commenters at YouTube are loving it so far, but putting aside that it’s racial and stupid, it’s not even done well or in a funny manner. Honestly, is this what the Bennett family does? I can’t believe that both of them are willing to take the bad publicity they’re going to get for this when they don’t securely have NFL jobs. Why would the Cowboys continue to put up with the negative pub for a guy who’s Jason Witten’s backup?

Steve McNair Had Two Girlfriends on the Side, Was Three-Timing His Wife

When police said Saturday night that they weren’t looking for any suspects and that they were confident they’d have a conclusion after the autopsy, I had a pretty good idea that the Steve McNair/Sahel Kazemi case was a murder-suicide. Many people were saying it was done by a professional and that things didn’t sound right. They thought Kazemi’s ex-boyfriend was involved. The big question was what Kazemi’s motive was. Well, now the Nashville police department have given us two reasons.

Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas said at a press conference this afternoon that their interviews with Kazemi’s friends and coworkers showed that in the last five to seven days of her life, the 20-year-old felt her life was unraveling.

She had recently saw signs that McNair may be involved with another woman, and she might have been worried about making rent payments and payments on two cars, including a Cadillac Escalade registered in both her and McNair’s name.

Serpas said Kazemi saw McNair with another woman days before the murder and attempted to follow the woman, whom police said they talked to but Serpas did not identify.

Boom — there you go. Her rent was about to double because her roomate was moving out and she also had two car payments to make because she was having trouble selling her KIA. But why not just end it for herself? Why involve McNair too? The jealousy and anger factor — she wasn’t Steve’s only chick on the side, surprise surprise. Imagine who crappy McNair’s wife feels now. Not only did she not know about Kazemi who killed her husband, but her husband had TWO chicks on the side (if not more). Yikes.

Is Steve McNair a Hall of Famer?

One of the more tragic, heart-sinking moments for me as a sports fan was seeing the news that Steve McNair died on July 4th after being shot in the head. McNair’s a quarterback who took a while to develop in the league and that’s why it took me a long time to appreciate him. He was one of the new dual-threat quarterbacks for the first part of his career but then he realized you can’t last in the league very long if you keep tucking and running. While his amount of rushing attempts got cut in half, the amount of injuries doubled, and that’s what made McNair stand out so much — he became tough.

I can’t remember an injury that kept McNair out of a game. As a fantasy football guy, McNair developed a legendary reputation as someone who was so banged up that he could never practice during the week, but when it came to Sundays, you could always count on the quarterback from Alcorn State to make the start. McNair took the Titans to the Super Bowl in 2000, shared the MVP award with Peyton Manning in ’03, and led the Ravens to a 13-3 season at the age of 33 in his second to last year. He had a really good career and was memorable for his toughness, but the tragedy of his death shouldn’t change the way we view his career.

I’ve already heard people say McNair should be a Hall of Famer and I’m guessing a lot of it is due to their compromised sentiment. McNair was a winner and a very good quarterback for about a six year stretch or so, but he wasn’t consistently one of the league’s elites. I even heard an analyst today say he was better than Donovan McNabb — a quarterback to whom he was compared because they both were QBs who could run. McNabb’s won more and he’s been a top quarterback on a more consistent basis than McNair so I would completely dispute that notion. I don’t think McNair’s a Hall of Famer, but his reputation as a good quarterback who was one of the toughest mofos around will be his legacy. I’d say there’s a lot of guys who’d love to have that claim.

Check out Steve McNair at his retirement news conference, one of his last appearances in the spotlight:

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Sahel Kazemi Likely Committed Murder Suicide with Steve McNair

Well if this ain’t a jacked up story, I don’t know what is. When Steve McNair was found dead on Saturday afternoon in Nashville, he was found killed along with a 20-year-old woman named Sahel Kazemi. Kazemi works at Dave and Buster’s and apparently had been messing with McNair the past few months to the point where he bought her an ’07 Escalade. Initially police were saying it appeared to be a double homicide but the latest details indicate it’s a likely murder-suicide.

McNair was found with multiple gunshot wounds including a fatal one to the head. Kazemi was found with only one gunshot wound and a pistol close to her body. Add up that evidence plus what the Nashville public informer said — that they’re not chasing down any suspects — and you have to believe it was a murder-suicide.

According to Kazemi’s ex-boyfriend, McNair had been telling Kazemi that everything would be perfect between them even though Steve was married and had a family. I’m guessing that this was one of those scorned lover scenarios where she wanted more than he was willing to give and she therefore plugged him. As for Steve, let him serve as a lesson for other guys out there that this is what can happen if you mess around with something on the side. Be careful.

Sahel Kazemi Pics courtesy of Bumpshack

Brandon Marshall on Denver After DUI: ‘I Hate This ****in City’

Brandon Marshall received a Darwin Nominee here at LBS back on October 22nd, 2007 after he was pulled over on suspicion of DUI. This really wasn’t a big deal except for what it added to Marshall’s reputation as a bad citizen. But now that Marshall has requested (demanded?) a trade, the police report from that stop bears some significance. From Pro Football Talk, here’s what was said by Marshall according to the officer:

“I hate Denver. I hope I get traded. I hate this f******* city.”

Marshall also berated police for stopping him and not finding the killer of fellow Bronco Darrent Williams.

“Why aren’t you guys out looking for Williams’ killer?” the report says.

To quote Jerry Maguire, there’s no proof of anything except this guy’s a sensational athlete. So the question here actually is whether these were just the words of a drunken nut angered by the stop, or the actual feelings of Marshall. I’m guessing it’s a little of both. And I’m guessing the Broncos may have had a hand in this report being released — sure makes it a lot easier P.R.-wise if they cave in to his trade demands when the fans know the guy hates their city.