Steelers Tackle Rolls Back Patriotic Move: ‘That Picture Of Me Standing To Nat’l Anthem Is Embarrassing’

Steelers Tackle Rolls Back Patriotic Move: ‘That Picture Of Me Standing To Nat’l Anthem Is Embarrassing’

Well, this is disappointing. I would imagine there are going to be an awful lot of football fans burning and returning #78 jerseys after this. Alejandro Villanueva, the Steelers tackle who chose to stand for the National Anthem while the rest of his team stayed inside the tunnel, has had a change of heart. He now claims that he intended to stay with his team in the tunnel and that standing for the National Anthem was ‘unintentional’. It’s sad to see an Army Ranger bend to team peer pressure and strong arming by his coach. But whatever. “Unfortunately I threw my teammates under the bus, unintentionally. Every single time I see that picture of me standing by myself I feel embarrassed.” And we are embarrassed that we cheered you, so I guess we are even.

Villanueva’s explanation over all this is that he had requested to stand in front of the team with the captains. For some reason, he did not stop when he got to the front of the tunnel and instead, walked out in full view of the fans and the cameras. He also defended his coach, Mike Tomlin, who was criticized over all this and was also critical over Villanueva standing for the anthem. The Ranger and three tour Afghan veteran said, “For anybody who thinks Coach Tomlin is not as patriotic as you can get in America, I’m offended by that.” Again, we are offended by all of you, so we are even-stevens.

Most of America today after Villanueva’s apology are shouting, “What the hell for?” His jersey became the hottest selling one in the league yesterday and now just as fast, it’s going to plummet. I’m done with all of them. There’s at least one player on the Steelers team with a conscience. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wrote on his personal website, that he wasn’t able to sleep Sunday night. Consumed by the idea that that the Steelers should have not handled the anthem protest the way they did. Saying that it presented a disorganized and inconsistent front. Roethlisberger says he wished the Steelers had, “approached it differently.”

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Villanueva was awarded the Bronze Medal for Valor during his service in the Army. That disappoints me even more. Continually, Villanueva apologized to the rest of the team. “I made coach Tomlin look bad, and that is my fault and my fault only,” he said. “I made my teammates look bad, and that is my fault and my fault only.” How about doing the right thing for America and Americans? Just asking. To be fair to Villanueva, he did push for the team to stand for the anthem. But things got confused. What he’s doing is still not okay in my book.

Now that I’ve said all that, I want to make a point here. Did you know, according to, that before 2009, the teams were not on the field for the National Anthem? They came out afterwards. This changed in 2009 when the Department of Defense and the National Guard started paying NFL teams to play and stand for the National Anthem. That should be stopped immediately – it’s called propaganda. Either they play it because it’s the American and right thing to do, or they don’t. It turns out that from 2011-2014, the Department of Defense spent $5.4 million in contracts with 14 NFL teams for flag ceremonies. The National Guard got in on the action too and gave $6.7 million to the NFL for the same kind of thing from 2013 to 2015.

The owners of the teams are also totally culpable in all of this. They prevent their members from honoring dead police officers or 9/11. But they are all in for Black Lives Matter and militant racists making a statement. That’s enough of that crap. If you can’t honor the country who made you great and wealthy and not get paid for it, there is something seriously wrong with you. If Americans had noticed all of this back in 2009, there would have been a huge backlash. It took a bunch of cop-hating racists to wake us up and bring this into the light. Thank you… you just did all of us a favor. #BoycottNFL

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - She also does research at You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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