The National Football League has been going through some tough times these past several months, all because of the on-going protests against the national anthem. Since Colin Kaepernick started the whole thing, many players have expressed support and joined the protests. No one thought that something like this could happen to the NFL.
For a while now, team owners have been going back and forward about the protests. Some have disrespected everything this country stands for by joining their players in the protests, while others have said that they would never do something as stupid as going against the country.
Recently, coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steeler shocked everyone when he said that he wanted to see all of the players on his team help him protest during the National Anthem on Sunday’s NFL game, reports American News.
His statement read:
“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.”
No one expected such a thing to come out of coach Mike Tomlin. Alejandro Villanueva, who has served this country and has been on three tours in Afghanistan, made this statement after hearing what Tomlin had to say about the protests:
“I was looking for 100% participation. We were gonna be respectful of our football team. Many of them were not going to accept the words of the President, so we decided to not take the field.”
Tomlin should have known better than to do something as reckless as this because he might cause him his career as a football coach.
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