Villanueva Defies Steelers’ Anthem Protest

All but one of the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to protest by staying in their locker room, during the playing of the national anthem at this afternoon’s game in Chicago. The lone dissenter was former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva who bucked the team’s decision and took the field, anyway, hand over his heart and helmet under his arm.

On Sunday morning, reports emerged that the Steelers had decided to stay in their locker room despite league rules requiring the team to be on the sidelines during the playing of the national anthem.

By game time, the team did, indeed, fulfill their announced intentions. However, Villanueva defied his team and took the field:

This isn’t the first time the Steelers’ offensive tackle has been at odds with fellow players over anthem protests.

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  • Rock

    Rooney has one HERO on his team, the rest are now ZERO’S. The STEELERS no longer exist to me. The NFL is no longer…………………… Tomlin and Rooney can try to talk or write around everything, but we all know EXACTLY what was meant by the PC TUNNEL RATS !

  • jkthomas97

    The over paid Steelers players might pause for a moment and respect the service of one of their own rather than their own selfish BS

  • jkthomas97

    “Rangers lead the way” is part of a code that all Rangers live by. What code do the Steelers live by?

  • GomeznSA

    Unfortunately Villanueva is now ‘apologizing’ for not maintaining team solidarity – in spite of having done the right thing. One has to wonder what was done to shame him for doing that right thing.

  • The Redman

    white-folks in america R some of the worst terrorist in the world. no 1 should B made 2 worship a stupid idol such as a flag. hahahahahhahahahahaha