– Do you think it ended your career? – 100 percent. 100 percent. And it ain’t have nothin’ to do with my age, it ain’t have nothin’ to do with my style of play: It was because I took a knee. ♪♪♪ What’s happenin’, man? – Antonio Cromartie! – What’s good witcha? – How you doin’, man? – Man, I can’t call it. – Since you in my crib, I’mma be an honest guest and go ahead—a generous guest— – Yo crib? – Whatever, you can go ahead and rack for me real quick. – Oh. – Some chalk, you need some? – I don’t even need no chalk. – Oh, you don’t need no chalk? – Nah, man. – Gonna chalk it up. – For what? For you to get beat anyway? – Go ahead, bro. Talkin’ all that noise. – Yeahhh, buddy. – Everybody’ll talk noise, but— – Yep, we talk a lil’ noise. That’s what us Florida boys do. – In 2016, you’re with the Colts. That’s the same year Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest police brutality and social injustice. You took a knee—explain to me how that season played out for you. – I could give you a story: We are in a team meeting room, and…Coach Pagano gets up and says, “Look, guys. I know you guys all wanna do somethin’. I don’t want you guys takin’ a knee.” Like, “What? Don’t take a knee?” Like, “Whatchu mean, not take a knee?” He’s like, “Well, guys, look. When we go out on the football field, it’s about football.” – Mmm. – I say, “So, but—” And I turned around to some of the guys and I, and I spoke to ‘em. I’m just like, “So, when it’s about leukemia and your cancer, it’s cool. But when it’s about police brutality and social injustice, it’s not cool,” you know what I’m sayin’? And I told Chuck Pagano that. You know, I’m just like, “Man, that’s, that’s—” I told him straight up, “That’s bullshit.” You know, it’s, it’s, ”Oh, you know, football is bigger than, bigger than what’s goin’ on the outside.” No, it ain’t. How about respecting the guys that’s gettin’ murdered and killed by police officers? And not sayin’ that all police officers are bad. But you get some, they get that—they get a lil’ power in their hand, and they abuse the power. I have six sons. You know what I’m sayin’? Like, what if my son was in the car? Or what if my son was walkin’ around? And he get, and he get shot? Over nothin’? So, that was my logic. That was my thinkin’ into it. Not because, “Oh, you know, it’s, it’s the NFL.” – Take me through the day when you took a knee. Who were you playing, what week was it? – Week 3, Week 4 is when I took a knee. Cuz I actually wanted a little more detail. I wanted to ask my grandfather about it, who served in the Marines. Uh, talked to some family members that actually was, you know, that was part—that was in the Army, and do they feel— did they feel, like, in it, was there any disrespect, you know? And the biggest thing that came out was like, “No. We don’t agree with it, but our thing is, that’s what we, that’s what we fought for.” – Yeah. – You know what I’m sayin’? “We fought for you to, to serve that purpose, to go out and protest and have that freedom of speech and everything else.” So Week 3, we playin’ the San Diego Chargers. I can remember me right before the national anthem, first time I took a knee. And what’s funny is, two or three of the executive guys were standing behind me, and they was like, “Cro, get up!” I was like, “Man, fuck y’all! I’m not gettin’ up!” – Wow, they told you that? – Yeah, they said, “Get up.” What they end up doin’ was, one guy was standing here, one guy was standing here, one guy was standing here, and another guy was standing here. One person even had a towel to try to block it, you know, for nobody wantin’ to take a picture, but they already had took a picture. – And then, Week 4, we are in London. So we’re playin’ in London. – Mhmm. – And they came up to me before the game and was like, “Hey, Cro, please don’t take a knee.” It’s like, “Man, y’all better get out my face.” You know, y’all not fittin’ to sit here and tell me what I can and cannot do. I got, actually got benched that game. I got pulled out, halftime, and didn’t play the second half at all. – Why was that? – They say it was cuz of my play, but I was like, “You gave up four, four—” I said, “You give up four catches for 35 yards and a one-yard touchdown off a turnover that your quarterback threw?” C’mon, man. Two days after I took a knee I get like three or four phone calls. I’m like, “Hey, who the hell these people that’s callin’ my phone?” I don’t recognize the number, so I ended up answering the phone. It was like, “Hey, yo, you in the facility?” I was like, “Yeah, why? What’s up?” “Oh, uh, Chuck Pagano wanna see you.” I was like, “All right, cool.” So they come to get me. It was like, “Uh, you got your playbook?” You know, I looked up like, “What?! Do I got my playbook?” – Wow. – “Yeah, I got my playbook. Why?” Now it’s like, “All right, cool. Lemme go talk to Chuck.” So we get in there, and he goes into this whole spiel: “Uh, you know—hey, you know, we’re releasing you because our guys are gettin’ healthy.” I’m like, “Dude, ain’t nobody healthy in the back end at all.” It’s like, “Man, you ain’t gotta lie to me. Just tell me the truth.” Only thing—only reason I wanted him to say really what he would’ve said, but he wouldn’t say it. I was like, so, I was like, “So, wow, I’m gettin’ released for takin’ a knee?” He’s like, “Nah, you know, it’s not that.” – Mmm. – “You know, you just—you know, we just feel like we gettin’ healthy.” – Yeah. – I said, “Man, y’all ain’t finna sit here and just pay me three million damn dollars to now to release me and then talkin’ about y’all just gettin’ healthy.” I said, “That don’t even make sense, Chuck.” I said, “But it’s cool.” [Laughing] I said, yo, I said, “You boutta get fired anyway.” Straight like that. – How’d he respond to that? – He ain’t say nothin’. He ain’t say nothin’. And guess what, guess what end up happenin’? – What happened? – He got fired. Him and the damn GM. – How you think your decision to take a knee affected your career? – Oh, it affected it big-time. It ain’t have nothin’ to do with my age, it ain’t have nothin’ to do with my style of play: It was because I took a knee. October 2nd was my last game. I got one workout that whole entire time. And that was by the Saints in 2017. – Do you regret that decision at all? – Nope. Don’t regret it at all. Nah, don’t—why, why should I? Cuz at the end of the day, only thing we did was give people a voice that didn’t have a voice. And it brought more attention to what really was goin’ on, and now everyone’s talkin’ about it. But there’s still no solution because it’s still goin’ on. What’s crazy about that is, we got death threats. Death threats really don’t matter to me. [Laughing] It was, like, but—it’s just, like, you know, you get guys that say they’re about somethin’ and they wanna stand for somethin’. But they won’t do nothin’. The NFL is 75 percent black. If all black players walked off the field one day, what they gonna have? You know what I’m sayin’? How much money will they lose if you stand together? Thanks for kickin’ it with us. Subscribe to B/R to check out more dope videos like this one.

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  1. Definitely won’t be hearing this content during pre-game shows. I wouldn’t put it past Owner Irsay to have cut AC.
    I give AC credit knowing to take a knee for your people and beliefs when having a big financial responsibility says a lot. $ is good but not worth it if you can’t respect yourself while earning it.

  2. This guys a loser. The national anthem has nothing to do with racism it was written by francis scott key during a battle for freedom. Glad your cut.

  3. Lol. Had nothing to do with the fact that he was washed up.

    Maybe don't be a piece of shit and things will work out

  4. Bruh, you got paid millions of dollars, and then straight up disobeyed and disrespected them and then you act like they fired you for taking a stand smh.

  5. Keep ur political activism to your civilian time. Not on the job. I better hear stories of you doing stuff for police brutality or youre just another hack like kaep

  6. Lol bull shit, you got cut because you are washed Cromartie. Better players than you kneeled too and they still have jobs. The difference between them and you is that you are a bum

  7. Lmao this nigga had the worst game of all time I was watching it and determined he should never play football again and I was right weather or not he got cut because of kneeling is not the point his play was terrible also

  8. If 75% (is the correct percentage) of African american players that are in the NFL and they all walked away from the game to protest. I'm curious to see how that would have played out on various levels and outcomes?

  9. 100% played a roll in it but let's be honest you were cooked. Owners will put up with just about anything if you can win them games and make them money.

  10. This dude got cut cuz he was getting beat by sub par receivers and had like 3 penalties in the first half, also disrespecting the country that gives you more freedom then any other is just shitty, cuz you obviously don’t know the facts and logistics about the shootings, hell you probably knew you would get cut and just did this whole kneeling thing so that you could bitch about it later.

  11. I just want people to realize that every time black people speak up for themselves about anything we are met with the same reaction. Every time.

  12. Good! You're a piece of shit for kneeling at our national anthem! The great country that allowed you to be a millionaire and play a sport for a living

  13. Wow. Try explaining that to one of your baby's mommas! I have not always agreed with things in this country such as racism, whoever is president, etc. However as a Veteran I will not slap all my brothers and sisters who have paid the ultimate sacrifice by taking a knee. Antonio needs to utilize common sense. 14 kids? Come on man! Kids are a blessing but so is a job!

  14. “Y’all not gonna tell me what I can and cannot do” actually that’s exactly what’s going to happen because you’re an employee of a company dude. Already old and slow and then wanna make the whole thing about you instead of the team. There’s a reason you’re a FA and doing these whack videos instead of playing on Sunday

  15. Good Dumb Negro ignorant demented and stupid for kneeling it was distasteful now go be subservient and acquiesce to reality …what an idiot

  16. Everyone has to live with their choices in life. Don't whine about it. You sound like a bitch. …what good did it do? You are paid to play football. You forgot that didn't you. Reap it boy. Reap it.

  17. You deserve what you get. America is the only planet on earth to earn unlimited wages but when you insult the America Flag 🇺🇸 soldiers that have sacrifice their lives for you to earn a respectable salary it’s disgraceful you stupid fuck

  18. Take your political views Shove it up your ass . Obama didn’t do dick for south Chicago blacks killing each other you got influenced by distorted news media dumb ass

  19. There’s a “ Jewish “proverb: better to keep quiet then remove all doubt “ now go work for minimum wage dumb ass

  20. If my boss tells me to behave a certain way AT WORK, I will behave that way. If I choose to ignore my boss, and get fired, well, that's on me.

  21. To all y’all saying he was too old and too washed play etc etc, So was Kap and Eric Reid old too? Dummies! Salute to Antonio Cromartie! Only the real understand!

  22. Glad you got cut Disrespect the country you live in you should get more than cut from the NFL should be kick out of the country

  23. thats what you get for not respecting your country that allowed you to play a game and make millions and 99 percent of the so black people who got shot for nothing they actually did something to deserve that lead in their chest and if your son was one of those kids then maybe you should have been a better father and showed him right from wrong

  24. That’s why I’m not a NFL fan anymore, shame on the NFL for forcing you out. We live in the USA not Russia freedom to express yourself is why everyone wants to live here.

  25. " Y'all better get out of my face "
    You don't have a constitutional right the protest anything (at your workplace) while being paid.
    That's why you see striking workers on a public sidewalk, no different than a protest.

  26. When Martin Luther King marched, he had a few white people marching with him. Can somebody point out a white person in the NFL that was kneeling with the cause of color people being gunned down?? It shows their true character of racism there. Even Stevie Wonder can see that a mile away😎 …Yes my brothers, you can laugh with them while playing sports together, but our oppressor offspring are still like their grandparents, but hiding behind a jersey number😩

  27. I remember that London game. Bro you committed like 3 flags in one drive that’s why you got benched lol. Went shopping in Paris when you were supposed to stay with the team. Lmao oh boy 🤦‍♂️

  28. The supreme joke in all of this is that the "issue" all these men are kneeling over — police brutality directed disproportionately at black men — has no basis in reality. Kneeling has to be the absolute laziest form of activism in existence. And the fact that the people doing it are millionaires makes the scenario all the more bizarre.

    Of the many, many issues plaguing the black community, police brutality and racial oppression are absolutely nowhere near the top of that list. They are barely on the radar. But instead of speaking out against the epidemic of black on black murder, or the plague of fatherless children raised by uneducated teenage mothers who are perpetually dependent on the state for everything, you idiots prefer to pretend that racism is somehow a major stumbling block to black success because then you are not required to take responsibility for your lives or your actions. You are lazy, ignorant wannabe victims and it is pathetic.

    This "Woke" bullshit needs to end.

  29. He’s sooooo salty. Hard not to have a mini psychiatric evaluation in my head watching this. Tone, body language, spite for Chuck and Grigson. These guys are put on pedestals and treated like super hero’s but they really are only human. I’m sure it’s tough for these athletes mentally as they exit the spotlight while others enter. Especially ones that won’t be remembered for generations like HOFers will be. The ego never dies. Interesting.

  30. As an army combat veteran, who do all these players talk to that tells them it's acceptable to do anything but stand in silence for the national anthem?

  31. What he said at the end is the truest shit. But you can’t ever get black people to unite for a greater purpose because they don’t wanna loose money. If every black person in the league just was like I’m not going to work today you can’t tell me change wouldn’t happen

  32. Now you're unemployed by the NFL, idiot. Was it worth it? Retarded ass dude. Let me give up a 7 figure salary to make a point that don't matter anyway. Smh

  33. 14 kids you got homie you better find out where to get more money cause you gonna be paying $500,000 per month in child support from all those stripper hoes you knocked up.

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