Did The Colts Really Cut Antonio Cromartie Over His National Anthem Protests?
Since the start of the 2016-17 NFL season, there have been plenty of players who have decided to follow Colin Kaepernick’s lead and protest during the playing of the national anthem by taking a knee. And while many of those players have faced harsh criticism from fans, none of them have faced disciplinary action of any kind from their teams. For the most part, head coaches have allowed their players to take whatever action they want before, during, and after games when it comes to protesting. However, one NFL player’s wife says her husband was actually cut from his team earlier this season after taking a knee during the national anthem before consecutive games.
Terricka Cromartie, the wife of NFL cornerback Antonio Cromartie, took to Instagram on Wednesday afternoon to accuse the Colts of cutting her husband in response to his national anthem protests during Weeks 3 and 4 of the NFL season. Colts owner Jim Irsay recently came out and said that he believes an NFL game is the “wrong venue” to protest, and Terricka responded to Irsay’s comments by reposting them on Instagram and including a caption that featured her claiming Cromartie had been cut on October 4 because of his protests.
“You are Nothing More than an Entertainer,” she wrote. “Just Shut [up] and do what we say. You have No rights as along [sic] as you are working for me…there are other places for you to fight and stand for what you believe. 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.”
Terricka’s IG post has since been deleted, so there’s a chance that she thought better of her words once they started making the rounds on social media. But was she telling the truth when she put up her post?
Some people, like Indianapolis Star beat writer Stephen Holder have already expressed skepticism about what Terricka said. “So, I’m not calling Cromartie’s wife a liar,” Holder wrote on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, “but I think there’s a chance this is a stretch. He was signed as a stopgap to begin with.”
But the timing of Cromartie’s release did come as a bit of a surprise. Granted, he was signed late in training camp as a “stopgap” to help fill in some holes created in the Colts secondary by injuries. He also didn’t play particularly well during his brief stint in Indianapolis. But the Colts are a team that could use all the veteran help they can get on the defensive side of the ball. So it was a little bit strange to see them give up on Cromartie so quickly.
If the Colts did decide to release Cromartie because of his national anthem protests, they’re probably not going to admit it. But for their sake and for the sake of the rest of the NFL players out there who are still protesting in their own ways, let’s hope that wasn’t the case. It would be a real shame to see NFL teams start to try silencing guys by putting their livelihoods at risk.