In response to a deleted Twitter posting by Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the former Charger and current Jets cornerback threatened to physically harm Hasselbeck in a Thursday message.
Hasselbeck then apologized.
Wrote Cromartie, an impending free agent who has over 67,000 followers: "hey Matt if u have something to then say it be a man about it. Don't erase it. I will smash ur face in."
The message came shortly after Hasselbeck wrote, "Somebody ask Cromartie if he knows what CBA stands for," referring to the Collective Bargaining Agreement on which Cromartie shared his opinions in a Monday New York Daily News article.
Cromartie said both sides were "acting like a-holes."
Shortly after deleting the tweet, Hasselbeck wrote he "was in a bad mood this morning when I woke up." That evidently didn't suffice, and that's when Cromartie let him have it.
In response to the the physical threats, Hasselbeck told Cromartie, who played for the Chargers from 2006 to 2009, "Sorry for the joke man. No hard feelings. DB's & QB's have a hard time getting along I guess sometimes. lol."
Cromartie led the NFL with 10 interceptions in 2007, but poor tackling and attitude made him expendable. The Chargers traded him last off-season for a conditional draft pick that became a second rounder in this year's draft.