The NFL: Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin’s criticism of Alejandro Villanueva, a US Army Captain, Army Ranger, and Bronze Star recipient, who refused to stay in the locker room for the national anthem, shows a callous disregard for Villanueva’s right to express his patriotism in support of our flag and national anthem. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Tomlin and other NFL owners and players would deny Villanueva’s right to the free expression they consider reserved for themselves.
I, for one, am not buying into Tomlin’s excuse that the teams staying in the locker room was to focus on the game, but was rather a not so subtle display of disrespect for our anthem and flag – Tomlin’s agenda in my opinion, was a sham excercise to inject the team into a political discussion that had no place in the game.
However, there is a deeper tome here that the leftist media won’t report. NFL players, willing stooges, are being used by elites like Goodell and many other NFL owners, some of whom are blatant ‘never Trumpers,’ in a not so subtle expression of contempt of President Trump.
Football, until recently, was a place where everyone, exclusive of social station, race or religion, could come together for mutual enjoyment of the game, irrespective of political opinion.
The NFL’s acceptance of political dissent by overpaid head bangers, is ruining what was once an enjoyable sport. The NFL has now, in my opinion, become a banal affectationof its former self….WFM
NFL national anthem flap sees Steelers coach Mike Tomlin rap Alejandro Villanueva
By Gregg Gorman, Fox News, September 24, 2017
For Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, being “respectful of our football team” trumped the right of Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva to show respect for the national anthem.
A former Army Ranger, Villanueva was the only Steeler to break from the team’s orders and come out of the tunnel Sunday in Chicago to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Speaking after his team’s 23-17 loss to the Bears, Tomlin appeared to take a swipe at the Bronze Star recipient’s decision.
Tomlin told the media that, prior to kickoff Sunday, the Steelers held a team meeting and decided, though not unanimously, to not come out of the locker room for the national anthem. Tomlin added the intent was to have his team focus on the game and not President Trump’s comments blasting players who chose to protest during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
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