Steelers to Stay in Locker Room During National Anthem: Report

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In the midst of the war of words between President Donald Trump and NFL players who take a knee during the National Anthem comes word that the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t come out of the locker room for the National Anthem at all.

That news came from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in advance of Sunday’s September 24 game against the Bears. Tomlin made the remarks to CBS as Trump escalated his criticism of some NFL players, and some NFL owners defended players’ right to protest.

Trump ignited the war of words with the NFL on Friday, calling players who don’t stand for the National Anthem a “son of a b-tch.” He continued raising the issue on Twitter over the weekend. On Sunday, Trump again called for NFL owners to fire or suspend players who don’t stand for the Anthem. However, multiple owners have since defended their players’ right to protest, and the hashtag #takeaknee trended on Twitter.

Steelers President Art Rooney II released a statement to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Saturday saying, “I believe the commissioner made an appropriate statement and I have nothing to add at this time.” Commissioner Roger Goodell had called Trump’s comments divisive, saying, “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

On Twitter, Steelers fans were mixed about whether their team’s players should take a knee.

Specifically, Trump said on Friday, according to New York Upstate, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s FIRED!’ You know, some owner is gonna do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy disrespects our flag; he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

Read about other owners’ comments on the Trump controversy here:



Larry Brinegar

“unjust or cruel exercise of power or authority” is how the dictionary describes oppression which is what started all this hum drum and would someone explain how these millionaire players and owners qualify to insult our society, our country and those who gave up their lives so these bums can publicly claim they and others are oppressed. The Steeler players, and the Rooneys , with the exception of Villanueva(a true hero) will regret their “day of infamy” and I hope all true Americans will join me and boycott all things relating to the Steeler organization.


Ashamed of you Art Rooney that you would allow you team to stay in the locker room during the anthem I think that is a slap in the face for your player who is out busting his ass not only to make you money but also for our freedom and you let you players stay in the locker room. I hope when you saw your player Villanueva come out by himself and stand for the anthem you felt ashame and I hope your father is very ashamed of you also and I prayer that the steelers lose this game and all the rest. As a steeler fan done watching and also I noticed last week while at the game noticed all the empty seats. Turned the channel again ashamed of you

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