Steelers Booed For Staying In Locker Room During Anthem

Paola Ditto
Settembre 26, 2017

Trump called on owners to fire players who did not stand as the anthem played.

He's fired, ' " Trump said to loud applause Friday night at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, comments he kept echoing over the next two days.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of those National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bi**h off the field right now, he's fired?'" Trump said during the rally, according to HuffPost.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS Sports before Sunday's game that the choice to keep his team off the field during the anthem was not to be disrespectful. Only left tackle and Army vet Alejandro Villanueva appeared, standing at the edge of the tunnel with his hand over his heart. He said he's been a Steelers fan his whole life, however, would now be looking for a new team after the Steelers chose not to take the field during the national anthem.

Villanueva, who played football while at West Point, served at Fort Drum from 2010-12.

Roethlisberger claimed he hadn't been able to sleep after the Steelers made a decision to wait in the tunnel, wondering if the team should have come out to stand for the anthem instead.

A former Army Ranger, Villanueva was the only player from the team to break from the coach's orders and come out of the tunnel Sunday in Chicago to stand for The Star Spangled Banner. Teammate James Harrison hinted to reporters that the team was surprised that Villanueva, who did three tours in Afghanistan and has been critical of anthem protests in the past, opted to do his own thing, against the vote of the rest of the team. "Our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn't be misconstrued as unpatriotic". The rest goes to the union, and some of that goes into a pool for all National Football League players.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement a year ago when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, refusing to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest the treatment of black people by police.

"People die for the flag, there's no way else to put it", Villanueva said.

Villanueva also said at the time that he'd be willing to "hold hands" with Kaepernick and discuss any issues. The stunt the Steelers pulled on Sunday can't be playing well in those environs.

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