One of the players on that team who has also since left the Colts, inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, didn't take too kindly to Fleener's words (and that's an understatement). On Sunday night, Freeman lit into Fleener in a text message to WTHR's Bob Kravitz.
"Fleener, he didn't have the (guts),'' Freeman texted Kravitz, who cleaned up some of the language. "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."
Fleener signed with the New Orleans Saints this offseason, while Jerrell Freeman signed with the Chicago Bears. But Freeman is standing up for his former Colts teammates and what they did in Indianapolis while Fleener is criticizing and questioning the effort of some of the players. It's a stark comparison, but it's certainly noteworthy that a guy who just left the Colts is so adamant in his defense of his former teammates and of what he helped build in Indianapolis.
It's safe to say that Fleener's comments, whether right or not, probably weren't the wisest thing to say, as it leaves a bad impression upon leaving and likely causes a bit of bad blood with some of those players on the Colts team last year - especially those who did keep fighting. So while Jerrell Freeman is no longer a Colt, I'm sure many Colts fans will like to hear him standing up for himself, his former teammates, and what they accomplished in Indianapolis.