It’s tempting to make this a two-word column and simply write “THE NFL’S BASTARD PROBLEM: ROGER GOODELL”, but that’s not the type of illegitimacy to which I’m referring.
The NFL has a problem with illegitimate children, and they’re pretending it doesn’t exist. For example, in the latest inquisition regarding Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, we were told that the issue is domestic abuse in the form of child abuse. So the debate must center on questions like: “Is spanking child abuse?” “Should he have used an open hand and not a switch?” “Is there a minimum age for corporeal punishment?” “Should the NFL act prior to his day in court?”
But no one is talking about the fact that Adrian Peterson has 6 or 7 kids with multiple women who are not his wife. I say 6 or 7 because his mother, who says that Adrian is a “good Christian boy,” tells us that her son has 6 kids, while a stripper from Houston and one of Adrian’s “Baby-Mamas” reported that Adrian has 7 kids (and, as far as she knows, treats them all well because he pays child support.)
In a now infamous video (starting at 46 seconds) from the NFL’s reality show “Hard Knocks”, Jet’s cornerback Antonio Cromartie struggles to remember his kids names: “I have Alonzo who is 5, I have Keris who is 3, I have Myjunia which is 3, I have a – my daughter who just turned 3 as of yesterday, I have another son named Tyler, he turns 3 in December. I’ve got another daughter that was born October 16th named London. Another daughter that was born named Lelani, who is 2-years-old. And ah, I have my newborn with my wife, her name is Jersey.”
I guess 2007 was a busy year for Cromartie because, assuming his count is right, he had four 3-year-olds by 2010. In an article entitled “How Jets’ Cromartie Fathered Nine Kids With Eight Women Over Six States,” Susan Edelman, writing for the New York Post gave an updated roll call at 12 children with eight different women. Apparently, there are some receivers the talented cornerback cannot shut down!
In March of 2010, Cromartie would have to hit up the Jets to get a $500,000 advance just to catch up with child support payments.
And this is not an anomaly, nor is it restricted to just the NFL. Boxers, basketball players, entertainers, and even coaches make up the list of the top Mack Daddy’s of all time. From Shawn Kemp and Marshall Faulk to Ali, Tyson, Holyfield, and Basketball Coach Scott Skiles, illegitimacy is at plague levels in professional sports.
So what does ESPN make an issue out of? The legitimate children of the devout Catholic, Phillip Rivers.
You heard that right. In a sea of illegitimacy, ESPN cherry-picks the most inappropriate, hypocritical question ever posed when it took an obscure comment from a lesser blog – TheBigLead.com – and asked the Chargers Quarterback: “Six kids? Regardless of your profession, it’s impossible to be a good parent to six kids. Not enough hours in the day.”
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