Skip to comments.Steelers Coach Didnít Want Army Vet To Stand For Anthem [VIDEO]
Posted on 09/24/2017 6:43:28 PM PDT by doug from upland
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Sunday night that he did not want offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva to stand for the national anthem, instead of sitting it out with the rest of his teammates.
Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan, was the only Steelers player to stand for the anthem. While Villanueva stood in the tunnel, hand over his heart, the rest of the team remained in the locker room in protest of President Trumps comments that players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired. (RELATED: Former Army Ranger Is Only Steelers Player To Stand For National Anthem [VIDEO])
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.
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.
Villaneuva played in college at West Point Military Academy before going on to become an Army Ranger. He served three tours in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, before later joining the Steelers.
Yet another reason to despise the NFL
>> 100 percent participation
More like 100% rejection of the Military. Too bad, jackass.
He should have come out on the sidelines and been visible. But I salute him for not knuckling under to these thugs.
Disgusting. This player reinforced his hero status today.
It’s been reported that his online jersey sales today are off the charts.
But not of your country. OK, I get it.
Only one Steeler put country over team. Sad.
The NFL is a monopoly and its time for the Justice Dept to break it up.
> 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. <
Kind of like how 100% of the voters must vote for Kim Jong-un on election day. I used to have some respect for Tomlin. Now I see him as just another fascist.
And yet Tomlin himself was standing there respectfully on the sideline during the national anthem.
This tells me that he knew the players were @ssholes for staying in the locker room ... and he would have been much happier if all 46 players were @ssholes instead of just 45.
But that would require Jeff Sessions to wake from his coma.
A shame the the league will benefit from his jersey sales.
Wonder if this guy will still have a job in the morning.
Wow, a POS Coach Omar Epps is.
God bless Alejandro Villanueva
Time for all Americans to turn their backs on the NFL and the NBA forever.
So the coach doubled down on stupid? If they punish this player in any way we need to flood them with comments and posts.
So a player taking a knee is fine for the leftists in charge, but a player saluting the flag is divisive in the left wing world of the NFL.
I am sure that Alejandro has dealt with tougher situations and men than a pissy Mike Tomin.
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