Steelers QB Roethlisberger Regrets Protest: ‘I Wish We Approached National Anthem Differently’
Talk about Monday morning quarterback…
Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger regrets his team protested the National Anthem on Sunday by remaining in the locker room while former Army Ranger Villanueva stood in front of the tunnel by himself proudly honoring the country.
Below is Ben Roethlisberger’s full statement via his website BigBen7.com:
Roethlisberger also told reporters Monday that the team plans on being back on the field for the National Anthem next week.
Ben also said that he, Cam Heyward, and Alejandro Villanueva had planned on standing at the edge of the tunnel together, but people coming off the field prevented it.
“This is in no way shape or form a protest of the national anthem. It was a way for us to stay unified,” Roethlisberger said.
As the Gateway pundit reported, former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva was the ONLY Steeler to come out for the National Anthem on Sunday. He stood in the tunnel while the rest of the team hid in the locker room like disrespectful cowards.
Villanueva stood with his hand over his heart and sang along with pride during the National Anthem.
The 28-year-old former Army Ranger is a bronze star recipient and served three tours in Afghanistan.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters after the team lost on Sunday that he did not want Army Ranger veteran Alejandro Villanueva to stand for the national anthem.
Coach Mike Tomlin: Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team. Man, these are divisive times.
The only people being divisive are the players protesting the National Anthem, coaches like Mike Tomlin and the people high up in the NFL such as Goodell. The American people have spoken. We will not tolerate this type of disrespect and will happily boycott the NFL.