A day after the internet went wild on Antonio Cromartie for his inability to rattle of his kids’ names on HBO’s Hard Knocks, Cromartie has decided to go wild on HBO. Cromartie contends that his interview on HBO’s reality show wasn’t really reality. In fact, it was staged. Which completely defeats the purpose of a reality show, right? Right.
The New York Post has the details:
Cromartie said the director — whom HBO officials refused to name — told him to “redo it” because he had not paused long enough between each of his kids’ names.
Asked if he had as much trouble listing the names as the scene appeared to show, Cromartie told The Post: “Nah, I didn’t have trouble. I mean, they asked me to pause. I had nailed it the one time before, but they had to redo it and they just told me to pause between each one of [the names].”
So Cromartie opts for the “they made me pause” defense. Let’s see what HBO has to say.
Ray Stallone, a spokesman for HBO, told The Post yesterday that the show’s producers and the unspecified director of the scene dispute Cromartie’s version of events.
“I spoke to the director and everyone involved, and this scene was done in one take,” Stallone said.
Stallone also forcefully insisted that, despite Cromartie’s comments, nothing about “Hard Knocks” is staged.
“The show is factual, it’s real, and it’s not manufactured,” Stallone said of the series, which began in 2001 and has won four Sports Emmy Awards.
So what did we learn from all of this? I’ll tell you. Antonio Cromartie can’t convince you that he remembers the names of his kids’ while pausing after each. May wanna work on that, Cro.
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