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"Every single one of my teammates is extremely supportive and extremely patriotic in this locker room, and I cannot only say that for this locker room, I can say that across the National Football League".

Villanueva, a left tackle, stood at the entrance to the locker room tunnel in view of fans with his hand over his heart during the anthem.

"So because of that, I've made Coach Tomlin look bad, and that is my fault, and that is my fault only".

While many people have criticized the national anthem protests as being disrespectful to the military and offending the flag, Villanueva does not believe that is, in fact, the case.

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"We're not going to play politics", Tomlin said.

Villanueva said there was a botched plan.

The rest of the team remained in the tunnel.

He said Villanueva's subsequent "apology" is just an example of him being a great teammate and putting the team before himself. "I asked those guys to discuss it and whatever they discussed that we have 100 percent participation or we do nothing", Tomlin said, according to Fox News. At a press conference Monday, he explained that he was embarrassed by what he did, and that many were misunderstanding his intentions.

Team captains Ben Roethlisberger and Cameron Heyward also addressed the media Monday afternoon, with the Super Bowl-winning quarterback making it clear that the Steelers' actions were "in no way, shape or form a protest of the national anthem". "I don't think veterans at the end of the day take any offense".

"Unfortunately I threw my teammates under the bus, unintentionally".

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now". The Steelers offensive lineman completely understands why some players are kneeling for the national anthem, but he would prefer to stand. "The idea was to be unified as a team when so much attention is paid to things dividing our country, but I wish we approached it differently". "The means of doing that was to stay in the tunnel and to not have a demonstration of any kind when the anthem was playing and then take the field and go play".

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