Antonio Cromartie’s wife claims Colts cut husband over anthem protest
The Indianapolis Colts parted ways with veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie on Oct. 4 after just four games for what Chuck Pagano deemed as football reasons. Cromartie’s wife claims that’s not the case, accusing the Colts of releasing her husband over his decision to kneel during the national anthem.
Terricka Cromartie, in a since-deleted Instagram post, highlighted comments from Colts owner Jim Irsay about stadiums being the “wrong venue” for such protests.
“You are Nothing More than an Entertainer. Just Shut and do what we say,” she wrote in the deleted post. “You have No rights as along as you are working for me.. there are other places for you to fight and stand for what you believe… Smh Maybe I read something different.. one things for sure I know my husband was told Not to take a Knee and he went with his heart and he took one. And that cost him his Job.. and Clearly this Statement backs that up… Just a Paid To put on a show.. SMH”
Irsay said at owners meetings this week that the protest movement“hasn’t been a positive thing” for the NFL.
The Colts declined to comment on Cromartie’s claims, referring instead to an Oct. 5 statement from Pagano about the corner’s release, which said in part that every roster move is determined by “what is best for this team and what gives us the best chance to win.”
Cromartie’s short stint with the Colts was nondescript at best. The 32-year-old veteran was even benched for an entire second half in one game. The Colts were getting healthier in the secondary as well, making the case that Cromartie was no longer needed.
It does merit noting Cromartie became the first Colts player to kneel during the anthem ahead of a Sept. 25 game against the San Diego Chargers.
Cromartie hasn’t yet commented on his wife’s claims.