Mike Tomlin is Unhappy Villanueva Stood for the National Anthem
This must be read to be believed. Are the NFL coaches organizing these “spontaneous protests?”
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Sunday night that he did not want offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva to stand for the national anthem, instead of sitting it out with the rest of his teammates.
Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan, was the only Steelers player to stand for the anthem. While Villanueva stood in the tunnel, hand over his heart, the rest of the team remained in the locker room in protest of President Trump’s comments that players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired.
When asked by a reporter about Villanueva coming out for the anthem, Tomlin said, “Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team.”
Meanwhile, Villanueva’s merchandise sales are skyrocketing:
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman and decorated Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva became an instant hero to many fans around the National Football League when he became the lone player on the Pittsburgh Steelers to stand for the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. And those fans are responding to Villanueva’s act with their wallets.
On Fanatics.com, sales of Villanueva’s jersey skyrocketed, launching up to the third highest-seller in Pittsburgh Steelers jersey as of just before 8 PM Eastern time, behind only a custom Steelers jersey and Antonio Brown‘s jersey. Villanueva’s jersey also jumped into the top sellers around the league, and as of 7:45 PM EST trailed only Marshawn Lynch, Derek Carr, Carson Wentz, Brown, and Aaron Rodgers in sales.
After a loss on the road, the Steelers will travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens before returning home to host the Jacksonville Jaguars. When they come back to Pittsburgh, there figure to be many more No. 78 jerseys in the crowd than ever before.
NFL fans are middle class and patriotic. The NFL understands this and hates them anyway, and would rather throw money away to score political points with their rich SJW friends.