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Antonio Cromartie's Wife Says Colts Released Him Over Anthem Protest

Terricka Cromartie accused the Colts of releasing her husband because of his protests during the national anthem.

The wife of Antonio Cromartie took to Instagram to voice her thoughts after hearing Colts owner Jim Irsay's comments on how the national anthem protests haven't been a "positive thing."

Terricka Cromartie's Instagram post has since been taken down, but according to ABC News it read:

"You are Nothing More than an Entertainer. Just Shut and do what we say. 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...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."

Earlier in the week Irsay told reporters:

"It hasn't been a positive thing. What we all have to be aware of as players, owners, PR people, equipment managers, is when the lights go on we are entertainment. We are being paid to put on a show. There are other places to express yourself."

Head coach Chuck Pagano maintains the decision to cut Cromartie was solely a football decision.

"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."

Cromartie was cut two days after the week four loss to the Jaguars, a game in which he was benched in the second half for poor play. He began kneeling during the national anthem on week three of the season. He was the only Colts player to do so.

[ESPN]