This Sunday, NFL players made a point to unite together against our President and our military.
The Pittsburgh Steelers made the ultimate cowardly move and stayed in the locker room during the national anthem. Only one player on the team, Alejandro Villanueva, had the courage to go against orders from the coach and stand on the field for the anthem.
Villanueva is a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. He wasn’t going to let politics come before his patriotism.
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
But instead of praising Villanueva or understanding why standing for the anthem is so important to an Army Ranger, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin TRASHED his own player claiming that Villanueva was “disrespecting his team”.
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.”
Apparently Coach Tomlin cares more about having respect for his football team than he does about respecting our veterans.
Tomlin also took a sideswipe at President Trump saying that he didn’t appreciate being dragged into politics this weekend.
Someone needs to remind Tomlin that it wasn’t Trump who inserted politics into football, you can thank your whiny, entitled, attention seeking football players for that.
Video of Tomlin’s disgraceful reaction can be seen below….