Steelers, Bears stay unified during anthem

Pittsburgh Steelers to stay in locker room during national anthem on Sunday

I made my teammates look bad.

As part of a wave of protests throughout the NFL in the wake of President Donald Trump's NFL-related comments, the Steelers will not be on the field for the playing of the national anthem before their game against the Bears on Sunday.

Roethlisberger went on to say that he personally doesn't believe it appropriate to protest during the national anthem, and that standing united would have represented more solidarity. "We're not going to play politics - we're football players and coaches". "When everyone sees an image of me standing by myself, everybody thinks the team and the Steelers are not behind me, and that is absolutely wrong".

Kaepernick's actions sparked a national conversation that several other NFL players have joined, protesting on multiple occasions and continuing even after Kaepernick became a free agent at the end of the season. "It continues on Monday", he said.

"I'm proud of the way we've represented ourselves, and I'm proud of this sport, too", Gibbs said after JGR driver Kyle Busch won at New Hampshire.

Trump said he was not watching National Football League games on Sunday — "Believe me, I'm doing other things", he said — but said he watched a little bit and "I will say there was tremendous solidarity for our flag and for our country". "Unfortunately, I threw [my teammates] under the bus, unintentionally".

As for the Steelers' stance before future games, Roethlisberger said, "We've had a team meeting and discussed what we want to do".

PennLive reports that Villanueva, a West Point graduate who earned a Bronze Star in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, had previously said he agreed with Kaepernick's message but not his chosen form of protest. Just thinking about, you know, we have multiple people that have family members that serve our country and we never want to take anything away from them.

Paul Smith, the chief of Cecil Volunteer Fire Station #2, posted a derogatory response on Facebook, which directed a racial slur at Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin.

Pittsburgh elected to stay in the locker room/tunnel on Sunday. Luckily we get really good work with our defense as an offensive line. Prior to that, all teams stayed in the tunnel, emerging after the anthem was completed.

But he garnered a lot of attention on a day that numerous players around the NFL demonstrated - by kneeling, sitting, locking arms or other means - during the national anthem. He also mentioned that players who have been kneeling during the anthem have approached him before or after the game to thank him for his service.



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