Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva Publicly Apologizes For Coming Out During Anthem & Embarrassing Teammates

Steelers will take field for anthem before game vs. Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva became the best-selling player in the National Football League by midday Monday.

Every Steelers player but one remained in the tunnel during the national anthem before Pittsburgh's matchup against the Chicago Bears in Week 3.

Their decision to remove themselves came in response to President Trump's comments at a rally in Alabama Friday in which he said team owners should fire players who protested by kneeling during the "Star Spangled Banner".

"People die for the flag, there's no way else to put it", Villanueva said.

"I want to make it very clear that we support our troops, we support the people that defend this country, that have lost their lives, that are still now supporting this country", Roethlisberger said.

Villanueva said that he just wanted to watch the national anthem while his teammates stayed in the tunnel. Villanueva, a former U.S. Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan, was hailed by many fans as a hero.

As a result of Villanueva's actions, his No. 78 was the top-selling jersey of any other player in the last 24 hours, ESPN reported Monday.

Villanueva's jersey is listed a top seller for the team on jersey retailer, putting him among established players like quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Let me see if I've got this straight: Tomlin - a Clinton donor and fundraiser - is upset that Villanueva was not "respectful of our football team" because he made a decision to honor the country for which he's courageously risked his life by not snubbing the national anthem?

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin has said his team's decision to remain in the tunnel was a deliberate strategy to show unity as anthem protests spread across the National Football League promoting awareness of racial inequality in the United States.

"I know I want to be on the field, [defensive end Cam Heyward] wants to be on the field and the guys in that locker room want to be on the field". Al thought we were standing with him. The team had voted during a players-only meeting on Saturday to move their protest off the field.

"I wish today we would have continued down", Roethlisberger said. "It was a way for us to stay unified over the division of things that are going on in this country". Who, in the post-game press conference, ripped Afghan veteran Alejandro Villanueva for going against the team, and standing for the anthem. "This guy served our country, and we thank him for it", Hayward said.



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