It’s probably safe to assume that several Colts did not appreciate Coby Fleener’s recent assertion that some players "went along for the ride" last year when the former tight end spoke after his free-agent signing with the New Orleans Saints.
Count former Colt Jerrell Freeman, now with the Chicago Bears after signing a free-agent contract, among those.
Here’s what he texted me Sunday night (and I cleaned up some of the language):
"Fleener, he didn’t have the [guts]," Freeman wrote (sort of). "That [bleep] pisses me off. And he must’ve been looking in the mirror when he did the interview.
"I despise guys like that. That’s what little girls do, talk about you when you’re not around. I’m a grown man. If I see something I don’t like, I’m going to go have a face-to-face convo with that player/players and we are going to get an understanding! I feel like I had a hand in building what’s over there [in Indianapolis], so he’s [bleeping] on me, too.
"That’s a bitch move.
"You can print all that, brotha!"
Oh, yeah, I printed all that, brotha.
It will be interesting to see how things unfold the next time the Bears and Saints play. Suffice it to say, it’s a good thing they’re not in the same locker room any longer.
Fleener may have been accurate when he said what he said. But he should have said it while he was still with the Colts. Saying it from the safety of another organization, after you’ve left the building... weak.