NFL players continue to disrespect our national anthem, while stadiums lose more and more audience. However, it seems that some club owners have come to their senses and started taking serious measures against the rebellious players. Well, some more than others.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, instead of forcing his players to honor our nation and our anthem, he tried to stop offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva from standing like a true patriot. He was the only Steelers’ player who stood for the anthem; the rest of the team remained in the locker room.
Tomlin said in a post-game press conference that he was looking for “100 percent participation” in whatever course of action the team took during the national anthem, reports Red State Watcher.
“You know, these are very divisive times for our country and for us as a football team it’s about us remaining solid. We’re not going to be divided by anything said by anyone. [I told our players] if you feel the need to do anything I’m going to be supportive of that — as Americans you have that right. But whatever we do we’re going to do 100 percent, we’re going to do together. We’re not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.”
When asked by a reporter about Villanueva coming out for the anthem, Tomlin said,
“Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team.”
No Steelers were on the sideline during the anthem.
LT Alejandro Villanueva, a veteran who served in the Army, stood near the tunnel. pic.twitter.com/JOviLUAtiF
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 24, 2017
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