The Pittsburgh Steelers football team staged a protest against the National Anthem by staying in the locker room, but there was one patriotic player who refused to disrespect veterans and anyone who loves America. He came out by himself and stood in the tunnel to honor the American Flag and pay his respects to fellow veterans. That was offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan.
This is one player who is also an American veteran. He knows what it's like in war and he knows it's a horrible idea to show disrespect to the people who fight for our freedom. Our freedoms allow us to be as smart or silly as we like, even allowing us to protest things if we like. However, the difference is that people protesting the National Anthem and disrespecting the flag are proverbially saying thank you to our veterans by slapping them in the face with a hand full of disrespect. There's no need to do that.
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Alejandro Villanueva, a US Army Captain, Army Ranger, and Bronze Star Recepient, refused to stay in the locker room for the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/zATA7JuqrY— #MenendezTrial (@NewtTrump) September 24, 2017
On top of that, there's no need to mix politics with entertainment. If NFL players want to protest things, then they should do it on their own time and not during game time when the fans are watching. Remember, then fans spending money on the NFL are the reason the athletes and owners earn millions. Keep the fans happy and the rich people get to stay rich.
Football is a form of entertainment, not a social justice warrior platform.
Villanueva played football in college for the Army Black Knights. Then he enlisted in the military. Then after his time and tours in battle, he came home and tried out for the NFL. He was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014 and somehow that patriotic player slipped out of their hands and into the grasp of a team who protests. I bet the Eagles fans sure wish they had him back! But we all know football in the NFL is a business and players come and go from team to team.