After all the talk leading up to last Sunday's New York Jets-Miami Dolphins showdown, Bush broke out a mean stiff arm on Cromartie in the first quarter of the Dolphins' 30-9 win. Cromartie called Bush a punk afterward.
"I've been called a lot of things, but not a punk," Bush told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I don't feel like I did anything illegal. I didn't try to hurt him. I didn't talk about hurting him or ending his career or anything like that. What I did was perfectly within the rules, and if he didn't like it, it's tough. That's football.
"I've been on the side of some ugly stuff. The last thing I'm going to do is cry about it and call somebody a punk."
This all started when Jets coach Rex Ryan said his team wanted to put some "hot sauce" on Bush before their Week 3 meeting. Bush was hurt during the game and claimed the Jets intentionally tried to injure him. Then Cromartie started talking trash.
"It really didn't matter who it was," Bush said about the stiff arm. "It just happened to be him. It could have been the kicker. He would have got it the same way. We wanted to establish an aggressive approach early on, and I felt that was a way to do it.
"If they don't like me, I guess, tough."
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