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“Crazy” Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie takes responsibility

Cornerback is happy to be back with Giants

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is back with the New York Giants after a one-game suspension, and on Wednesday the veteran corner took responsibility for the situation.

“I’m dramatic, man. I’m crazy. I can’t help that. I do stuff over the top, man,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I apologized. I handled it wrong, but I’m good, baby. I’m back, baby, that’s all that matters.”

The timeline of events that led to the suspension, and what happened afterward, are still a bit fuzzy. DRC explained it this way:

“Coach called me up and he said some things and I kind of didn’t agree with it and I handled it the wrong way. At the end of the day, that’s on me. So the suspension, I take that,” he said. “All I can do is try to work back to get in good grace with the guys. I’m just glad that they didn’t let this turn them from me and they accepted me and I’m just back working, man.”

Rodgers-Cromartie admitted there was a sideline disagreement about his status during the Week 5 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“I get mad. I’m a competitor. I like to be out there with my guys out there. I did get tweaked and there was a misunderstanding, but as I’m trying to tell as we’re going back and forth, like are you hurt? Are you good coming in and out? I’m like, I’m good, but the decision was for me not to be in there,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I should have accepted that, but at the time, we were winning, they were driving, I’m thinking I need to go on that field. So when I come off, I got mad.

“At the end of the day, I still can’t react the way I did. Did I wear my emotions on my sleeve? Yeah, because at the end of the day man, I just want to play ball.”

Rodgers-Cromartie said he “definitely, definitely” still has respect for coach Ben McAdoo.

“I told him at the end of the day, you’re going to know if I’m mad. I’m going to come back in here and let you know. I wear my emotions on my sleeves, man,” he said. “But I told him, I messed up and I understand that, and as a coach, you got to do what you got to do. Whatever the consequence is, I have to accept that and go on from there.”