Steelers will take field for anthem before game vs. Ravens

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In New England, multiple Patriots players knelt during the anthem, prompting boos from some fans. As we know now, he did make it and is now a starting lineman for a Steelers team that could very well play in the Super Bowl this year.

The Chicago Bulls legend and current Charlotte Hornets owner told the Charlotte Observer in a statement "one of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech, and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful protest". Tomlin made clear that the gesture would not be to protest a particular political cause, but to "remove ourselves from this circumstance", in light of President Donald Trump's crusade against players who choose to kneel during the anthem to protest racism.

The three teams that were not on the field during the national anthem on Sunday - the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans - will not be fined for their action (or inaction, as the case may be), the NFL's top public relations official told reporters on Monday morning.

'People shouldn't have to choose.

Tomlin gave his comments before the game saying: "We're chasing something special here in 2017 and we're not going to play politics. We're not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda".

The Steelers made a decision to stay in the tunnel during the anthem after a lengthy meeting at the team hotel Saturday night.

Across the National Football League, teams are responding to President Trump's comments about player protests he made at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama Friday night.

With waning interest in a game that has NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's signature all over it, seeing fans discarding valued team merchandise is a troubling sight for the league, but that's just what Robert Williams did.

National Basketball Association star LeBron James called Trump a "bum" on Twitter for disinviting Curry, while the Warriors themselves said they would not visit the White House.

Roethlisberger said no disrespect was intended for the troops and other people who serve the country, and Steelers President Art Rooney II praised his players for staying unified.

The Steelers are on the road Sunday, getting set to take on the Bears in Chicago.

On the one hand, it sounds like the entire team is sitting out the anthem in protest. We're coaches and professional athletes.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred a polarizing national debate in 2016 after refusing to stand during pre-game renditions of the "Star Spangled Banner" to protest police violence against African-Americans.



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