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Army Ranger NFL Player Says He's Embarrassed Over National Anthem Incident

28 Setiembre 2017, 03:43 | Bibiana Flor

Army Ranger NFL Player Says He's Embarrassed Over National Anthem Incident

Army Ranger NFL Player Says He's Embarrassed Over National Anthem Incident

Steelers fans have been divided over the team's decision ever since, but there is a positive angle.

"Unfortunately, that was interpreted as a boycott of the anthem - which was never our player's intention", Rooney said. He made it look like the team was protesting instead of trying to avoid controversy, shooting Tomlin's whole strategy in the foot.

Well ... all but one Steeler refused to take the field. The rest of the Steelers team was in the locker room at the time the Anthem was played in Chicago. It is a hard time in our country.

The team (save for Offensive tackle and U.S. Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva) was disrespectful to our country and it was inexcusable behavior.

If the flag person hadn't been there, and the Steelers had been able to stick to their plan, Villanueva would've been standing next to Ben Roethlisberger (7) and Cam Heyward (97) at the front of the Steelers' line in the tunnel.

Another Steelers fan, Mike Hesson, posted a video and said, "Today after 30 years of loving the Pittsburgh Steelers, I'm going to burn my Steelers jersey". He's fired, ' " Trump said to loud applause Friday night at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, comments he kept echoing over the next two days.

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.

Villanueva, a former Army Ranger, said in a press conference Monday that he felt "embarrassed" for the attention his mistake garnered. "I know I want to be on the field, Cam wants to be on the field, and the guys in that locker room want to be on the field".

A number of other teams have shown a sign of unity in the past few weeks by kneeling and linking arms for the national anthem. Rooney's statement on Tuesday carried the same message. "He said that the captains would be out there right behind me, and this plan morphed to accommodate this sort of tough, moral dilemma that I had in my hands", Villanueva said. That is exactly what they wanted to do.

He said the team members come from diverse backgrounds and are all active in their community.



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