After ENTIRE Steelers Team Dissed the Flag… ONE Player STUNS Them All

 

by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News

Hundreds of NFL players planned to kneel during America’s national anthem — continuing the protest sparked last season by former 49er Colin Kaepernick and some responding to comments made on Friday by President Donald Trump about those protests — the Pittsburgh Steelers upped the ante by saying that their team would not even be taking the field until the anthem was over.

And when the “Stars and Stripes” played, only the Chicago Bears stood — yes, stood, arm in arm — on the sidelines:

But as the ENTIRE Steelers team stayed off the field, one of their players refused to disrespect the flag and the anthem that celebrates it.

Left Tackle — and Veteran Army Ranger and West Point graduate — Alejandro Villanueva (#78) stood proudly with his hand over his heart, respecting the flag he volunteered to fight for:

 

The 28-year-old former Army Ranger is a Bronze Star recipient and served three tours in Afghanistan.

Imagine being Villanueva. He fought for this country and then has to play side by side with teammates who blatantly disrespect his service and the flag.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS Sports sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl why his team will remain in the locker room during the National Anthem, via NFL.com:

“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.”

Americans disgusted by the kneelers quickly took to Twitter to show their appreciation:


  • Ssdd

    F the NFL. No longer a steeler fan. Burned my steeler shirts. Mr Villanueva has my total respect .

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  • Greg

    My hat’s off to Villanueva! As far as the Steeler’s decision to stay inside until the Anthem is over, I think that is a good thing and hope all of the other teams follow their lead. Why? Because it gives the TV cameras nothing to show but our Anthem, and only our Anthem. The media is also to blame for this nonsense by continuing to keep it at the top of their news stories. All they have to do is to quit showing it and talking about it and this thing will eventually die down.

    Even though I agree with him. Trump didn’t help the situation last Friday night in Alabama. With his statements on Goodell and the players, only added fuel to their fire. The only reason more players are protesting this past weekend is to just despise Trump, whether they believe in kneeling or not.

    If you are a person that absolutely has to have football on Sunday, leave the TV off and listen to your AM radio in your easy-chair. You’ll enjoy it even better and the liberal TV network ratings will plummet even more.

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