Mike Tomlin gives candid response when asked again about the anthem

Chief under fire for using racial slur to describe Steelers coach Mike Tomlin	 	 	 			Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Alejandro Villanueva of the Pittsburgh Steelers stands by himself outside the tunnel for the national anthem prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on September 24, 2017. "Yes I said it", Smith wrote in the post.

The president said: 'Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owner, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, "get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired - he's fired!"'.

"I really can't explain what he was thinking, and I hope the world understands that that's not how Cecil Township feels", Fisher said.

Tomlin also addressed why he was on the sideline for the anthem apart from his players.

The Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans are two other teams that stayed in their locker rooms during the national anthem in protest. Smith is captain (actually he is chief) of Cecil Township Volunteer Fire Department Number 2 in Muse.

"Unfortunately I threw my teammates under the bus, unintentionally", he said at a news conference, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

"I don't know why Villanueva was apologizing".

"The Cecil Township Board of Supervisors is deeply disturbed by the comments made by volunteer Chief Smith, and in no way, shape or form condone his comments", officials said in a written statement. We just decided we were going to sit it out. The only Steeler to take the field was former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva.

He said the team is not a group that is interested in making statements, they're a group interested in making impacts. This past weekend, various NFL personnel took a knee or locked arms while the national anthem played. "I just suggested to them as I heard the rumblings Saturday night and as they meant to do something that I suggested they be 100 percent in the same way they've been 100 percent prior to last week". Regardless of how guys have felt in the past, whether they've had a desire to do it or not, I think the respect for the anthem, the respect they have for Al as a brother has made those demonstrations zero. We weren't going to play politics; we were going to come play the game.

Team president Art Rooney II released an open letter to fans on Tuesday to clear up what he called a "misperception" of the club's actions.



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