Jet cornerback Antonio Cromartie, legendary for scoring off the field — siring nine kids with eight women in six states – is getting blitzed by ex-fiancée Rhonda Patterson, who has written a damning memoir about their rocky relationship.
She depicts him as a champ in bed but a cheat who dumped her days before their $200,000 wedding and left her to give birth to his sixth child alone.
“Love, Intercepted: A Tale of Football, Falling and Failing in Love” is her account of their on-and-off relationship, but Patterson never uses Cromartie’s name, referring to him only as “he.” “It goes nameless because the story is bigger than him,” Patterson told The Post. “This is not a book to bash him. It’s meant to help women avoid making the same mistakes I did.”
She doesn’t blame Cromartie, noting he was raised poor by a single mom — a “less-than-ideal environment to learn how to be a man.” In a romance that started on Facebook in 2005, she says, Cromartie lacked conversational skills, but communicated between the sheets. “I will give it to the man — he’s talented, well endowed, and . . . it was truly the best sex I’d ever had,” she writes. “He was one of those lovers who would caress you, stroke your hair . . . look you in the eyes and ask you to have his child. I thought his asking me to bear his child meant he loved me.”
Patterson, a corporate lawyer and former Miss Black North Carolina, says she was blinded by his charm and lifestyle. She recalls he invited her to a party to celebrate his being drafted by the San Diego Chargers but acted odd. “I received a text message from him explaining that he needed his ‘space’ at the party and that I should leave him alone. That hurt.” She later learned he had another girlfriend at the party.
Patterson writes that she was bombarded with reports of his seductions and affairs — “rumors of more babies on the way, STDs, and secret trips.” Once, she snooped in his room. “I came across other women’s jewelry, greeting cards he’d received from other lovers, and sex paraphernalia that we had never used. I was furious.”
Despite her doubts, when Cromartie proposed, she said yes. A week later, she found out she was pregnant. He already had four other kids. She details how he canceled their 2008 wedding in Atlanta, nine days before she was to walk the aisle as the singer Fantasia performed her single “I Believe.”
He later kicked her out of his San Diego home, and she gave birth in Charlotte, NC. “I was amazed,” she said. “He couldn’t pick up the phone to check on me.”
Cromartie was busy. He fathered two more kids out of wedlock, married model Terricka Cason, and had his ninth.
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