Antonio Cromartie’s wife says he was released from Colts over national anthem protest

Indianapolis Colts cornerback Antonio Cromartie takes a knee during the national anthem (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Indianapolis Colts cornerback Antonio Cromartie takes a knee during the national anthem (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The wife of former Colts player Antonio Cromartie says her husband was released from the team because of his national anthem protest, according to ESPN.

Terricka Cromartie wrote about his release on Instagram after she said Jim Irsay made a comment about football stadiums being the “wrong venue” for player to kneel and protest the national anthem.

ESPN says she later deleted the post, but it said:

“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.”

Cromartie took a knee during the anthem before their game on September 25 against the San Diego Charger, and he also did so the following week in London when they played the Jaguars.

General manager Ryan Grigson signed Cromartie to a one-year, $3 million contract Aug. 22 in what amounted to a desperation move. Injuries had decimated the position, and the Colts hoped Cromartie, 32 and a four-time Pro Bowl selection, could offer immediate help.

That never materialized and Cromartie suffered through an especially poor game against the Jaguars. On one series near the end of the second quarter, he twice was beaten for receptions by Allen Robinson, and was penalized once for interference and another time for holding. In the first quarter, Cromartie was beaten badly by Robinson on a 3-yard touchdown pass.

The Colts said nothing has changed since head coach Chuck Pagano addressed it the day after Cromartie was released. During that press conference, Pagano said:

 “Obviously everybody knows that we made some moves yesterday as far as the roster goes. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, every decision that we make as far as our roster goes and this team goes, is based on two things – what is best for this team and what gives us the best chance to win. We are grateful for the commitment and the contributions that Cro (Antonio Cromartie) and Sio (Moore) made to this organization. We wish them well moving forward. They were both good people, good human beings.  They will land on their feet and they will be fine and we will be fine.”

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