Steelers boycott national anthem before Sunday’s game

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Steelers boycott national anthem before Sundays game
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most storied franchises in NFL history.

And on Sunday, they’re going to make an entirely new kind of history.

The Steelers players and coaching staff  decided that instead of protesting or kneeling during the national anthem, they will boycott it altogether.

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed with CBS before the game that the Steelers will remain in the locker room for the duration of the national anthem.

“These are very divisive times for our country,” Tomlin said.

The coach reiterated that this was as much for team unity as it was for any protest. He said that he told his team that he would be supportive of any actions they felt necessary to take, but wanted to do it together as a team.

“We’re not going to let divisive times, or divisive individuals, affect our agenda [of winning a Super Bowl],” Tomlin said. One can surmise that he was referring to President Donald Trump in his statements.

One Steeler did come out for the anthem: offensive lineman Alejandro Villaneuva, who is a military vet.

At a rally on Friday, Trump criticized NFL owners for not disciplining players who kneel during the anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of the NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now?’” Trump said. “You know, some owner … is going to say, ‘That guy who disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’”

This is quite a bold move by the Steelers. Refusing to even be present to acknowledge the national anthem is akin to turning one’s back during the anthem.

It’s a move that not even Colin Kaepernick dared to make.

Ironically, the Steelers will now be making this very divisive move as a team.

The Steelers are playing at Soldier Field — a stadium dedicated to the memory of U.S. soldiers who have died in combat –against the Chicago Bears.

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  1. I’m a Vietnam Vetran and seeing the lady and the young child lying on the ground at the grave of her husband tore my heart out! It brought back alot of old sad memories. I witnessed several soldiers leaving in body bags and loaded onto pallots. They were then flown back to their loved ones.
    Hey look this is a matter of respect. Not only for our country but also for the families of these people. Anyone who doesn’t understand needs to leave this country.
    In my time I was also a good athelete. But on my own, I chose the military. Which I doubt most of you could have survived it. The conditioning I went through was worse than any sport conditioning I’ve ever been put through. Yes, that includes football!! For information, I played football, basketball, track, baseball and ran track. Lettered 18 times in high school sports. Also, had free rides to several collages and turned them down to go into the military. I had a draft number of 33.
    Being drafted I pulled my tour in Southeast Asia, rescuing pilots. Spent time in Loas, Cambodia, Thialand, South Vietnam and even North Vietnam. When processing back into country, I was handed less than $3000 for my year (this included flight pay, combat pay and my regular pay). So tell me and all the other people like me how much you are worth. You nothing but a bunch of spoiled scum bags!!!!!!

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