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Steelers' Coach Angry with Alejandro Villanueva for Standing During National Anthem — NFL

Steelers' Coach Angry with Alejandro Villanueva for Standing During National Anthem — NFL”

But he garnered a lot of attention on a day that numerous players around the NFL demonstrated - by kneeling, sitting, locking arms or other means - during the national anthem. Now, two Pittsburgh Steelers have split from the team on the issue: Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Trump inspired a wave of protests over the weekend when he said players who protested during the anthem should be fired at an Alabama Rally.

The offensive lineman has been supportive of protests against the violence against African Americans in the United States, but has been outspoken of his disapproval to do so during the National Anthem.

"As a team, it was not a protest of the flag or the Anthem". "At that moment, it was the decision of do you walk out of the national anthem and join your teammates, I know that would have looked extremely bad". "Alejandro Villanueva was brave for not doing it and for defending our country". Like Williams, there were some fans that proceeded to burn their team apparel.

The decision by Steelers players to remain off the field during the anthem was in response to growing protests over President Donald Trump's call to fire players who refuse to stand for the anthem. "And every single time I see that picture of me standing by myself I feel embarrassed to a degree because again, unintentionally I left my teammates behind".

In the aftermath, which saw Villanueva's jersey become one of the best-selling in the NFL, many took to social media to praise the 29-year-old for being a "model minority", a Latino standing up for the flag when his fellow PoC players would not.

James Harrison told that he did not think anyone was exempt from the pregame plan. Trump referred to a player who disrespects the flag as a "son of a bitch".

The Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans also stayed in the locker room before their game. Obviously, we butchered it...

According to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, Steelers guard Ramon Foster said Villanueva had "special clearance" to come out of the tunnel for the anthem while his teammates waited in the tunnel. "He feels he had to do it. This guy served our country, and we thank him for it", Cam Heyward said.

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