A.J. Francis was one of three defensive lineman released by the Washington Redskins on Monday and after signing with the division rival New York Giants Wednesday, he left his former team with a few choice words on social media.
According to the Washington Post, Francis posted the following message to his Instagram account:
“When the team you were on didn’t appreciate you but the team you played against actually pays attention to the film …” Francis captioned a photo of himself laughing on Wednesday. Francis also added several hashtags, including #NewBeginnings, #October28th and #December9th (the dates of this year’s Redskins-Giants games) and, the real kicker, #AndYourLogoIsRacist.
A standout player at Maryland, Francis entered the league in 2013 when he signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent. But it wasn’t until after floundering around the league on practice squads for the first two years of his career that he began flourishing with the Skins. Francis made 18 tackles in Washington’s final six games last season.
A huge wrestling fan, Francis lashed out about his release Wednesday on a weekly wrestling podcast called “Jobbing Out.”
“He’s never once called me for a good thing, ever in his life,” Francis said about Redskins director of pro personnel Alex Santos, who called him on Monday to cut him. “He barely ever talked to me walking past me in the hallway. And he called me to tell me that they were releasing me…That whole situation was terrible. I am so grateful that I’m out of there, because they don’t care about the film. They don’t care about who can actually play football. They only care about themselves.”