Adam Thielen's rise to prominence with his home-state Minnesota Vikings is one of the NFL's best feel-good success stories in recent memory.
But the end of Thielen's tenure with the Vikings apparently did sit well with his wife, Caitlin.
On Friday, the Vikings announced Thielen's release after nine seasons, a run that included two second-team All-Pro nods, one Pro Bowl appearance, and four trips to the postseason.
The move was expected given Thielen's hefty salary, his declining production in recent seasons, and the emergence of Justin Jefferson into one of the game's best wideouts.
While Thielen publicly took the news in stride, posting a classy farewell message on social media, Caitlin Thielen took to one of her own channels to express her dissatisfaction.
"If you don't give someone a chance and opportunities how do you prove your worth!" Caitlin wrote on Instagram Live. "Someone comes in with an opinion about you and you can't even prove them wrong !!! Onto better things! All love"
Caitlin's fiery missive came in contrast to the one published by her husband, who thanked the organization for its "love and support."
"My family and I will always cherish the memories we created on and off the field," Adam wrote.
Thielen, who turns 33 in August, made himself into a star after going undrafted coming out of Minnesota State in 2013. After spending the first two years of his career on special teams, Thielen broke out as a wide receiver in 2016, reeling in 69 receptions for 967 yards and five touchdowns. He eclipsed 90 catches and 1,200 yards in each of the next two seasons.
For his career, Thielen has 55 touchdown receptions and is averaging 12.5 yards per catch. He is third all-time in receptions and touchdown catches for the Vikings, behind only Cris Carter and Randy Moss.
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