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.