This goes to the heart of Cromartie’s parental responsibilities: Will be provide for his children? And will he play an active role in their lives? It appears that Cromartie accepts his role as a father and that’s all anyone can ask of Cromartie.

Perhaps Cromartie took some advice from President Barack Obama who has spoken out repeatedly about black fathers taking responsibility for their children.

“I still wish I had a father who was not only present but involved,” Obama told graduates at Morehouse College last month.  “And so my whole life, I’ve tried to be for Michelle and my girls what my father wasn’t for my mother and me. I want to break that cycle. I want to be a better father, a better husband and a better man.”

More important than anything, Obama added, is family. “Everything else is unfulfilled if we fail at family,” he said.

Cromartie has certainly made his share of financial missteps, but what’s important now is that he learns from his past mistakes, embraces his children and his role as their father. Few folks get second chances in life, but with his new $32 million contract, I hope Cromartie has figured out the concept of acquiring generational wealth to help provide for his children for years to come.

What do you think?

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