Several NFL players have been the subject of controversy for the better part of the 2016 season when they’ve chosen to sit during the anthem, protesting for oppressed minorities in America. It has become a national conversation with Americans weighing in on both sides of the issue.
Many feel that the NFL has done little to combat this disrespect to the flag and military, but certain owners have reportedly told players they will not sit during the anthem. This hasn’t previously cost anyone their job, until now.
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Indianapolis Colt’s Cornerback Antonio Cromartie was released last week after signing a two-year deal back in August. Many have speculated that his release was related to poor performance on the field, but his wife has a different idea as to why he was released.
Terricka Cason took to social media to display her dismay over why she says her husband was released from his contract. She claimed he was told “not to take a knee” but “went with his heart” and did it anyway and “that cost him job.”
Her full statement on Instagram reads as followed: “You are nothing more than an entertainer. 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 paid to put on a show.”
It has been documented that the Colts’ owner, Jim Irsay, is disappointed with players sitting during the anthem, saying, this not the time or place.
“I think it’s the wrong venue. It hasn’t been a positive thing,” Irsay said. “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.”
When asked about Terricka Cromartie’s comments, the Colts directed that question towards the Colts’ head coach, Chuck Pagano. Coach Pagano stated, “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.”
There is no definite answer to her accusation, but if this is true, it’s a great start to getting this “protest” handled. If players are facing termination, then perhaps they will think twice about disrespecting this great country and the soil they are playing on.