Pittsburgh Steelers Cleverly Rebuke Trump Division By Skipping The National Anthem

Alejandro Villanueva apologizes for throwing Steeler teammates 'under the bus'

Alejandro Villanueva apologizes for throwing Steeler teammates 'under the bus'

Villanueva was the only member of the team to appear despite an expectation from Saturday's players-only meeting that the entire team would remain in the locker room.

"The NFL and the game should appeal to all Americans", Lockhart said. "But in this situation if the team decided that we, all of us, were going to wait in the tunnel while the national anthem is being played, that was the protocol that should have been followed".

'People shouldn't have to choose. We're not gonna let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.' This collection of men, we're chasing something here in 2017, and we're not gonna play politics.

When pressed to clarify on what that meant Tomlin said "We will not be on the field".

An NFL official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that no fines are being considered for those players who stayed in the locker room during the anthem.

At a rally in Alabama, Trump had delivered a scathing attack on National Football League players who opt to kneel in protest when the Star-Spangled Banner is played, claiming team owners should sack those players and that fans should leave the stadium if they see it. "If a guy feels a need to do something he should not be separated from his teammate who chooses not to".

Trump started this national attack on the NFL Friday night at a campaign rally during which he called Colin Kaepernick a "son of a b*tch".

Alejandro Villanueva, an offensive tackle for the Steelers and former Army Ranger, diverged from the team's action, choosing instead to stand at the entrance of the tunnel with his helmet off during the anthem.

Bears chairman George McCaskey, coach John Fox and several players - including linebacker Danny Trevathan - discussed what the best option would be, including kneeling during the anthem.

As the "Star-Spangled Banner" played at Soldier Field in Chicago for the noon game between the Chicago Bears and the Steelers, the Pittsburgh team's sideline was virtually empty.

"My contention was that we would not allow politics to divide us". We respect their demonstration and support them 100 percent.

Asked about Kaepernick's protests prior to the 2016 season, Villanueva told The Associated Press that he "will stand very proudly, and I will sing every single line in the national anthem every single time I hear it". "League should back U.S.", Trump also tweeted Sunday.

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