Steelers Coach Tomlin Takes Swipe at Hero Player Alejandro Villanueva for Breaking Team’s Orders

On Sunday, Steelers offensive tackle, Alejandro Villanueva, bucked Coach Tomlin’s orders to stay in the tunnel during the National Anthem. Villanueva came out onto the field, placed his hand over his heart, and sang the words to the “Star-Spangled Banner”. And, it was beautiful.

A U.S. Army Ranger (also a Bronze Star recipient) who served three tours in Afghanistan, Villanueva understands the price paid for our freedom, including our freedom to protest. So, of course, he was cheered by millions of Americans across the country for taking a patriotic stand in the midst of the recent NFL controversy (of players kneeling during the National Anthem).

However, Coach Tomlin did not take too kindly to Villanueva’s actions.

Speaking after his team’s 23-17 loss to the Bears, Tomlin appeared to take a swipe at the Bronze Star recipient’s decision.

Tomlin stated:

“Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team.”

Tomlin told the media that, prior to kickoff Sunday, the Steelers held a team meeting and decided, though not unanimously, to not come out of the locker room for the national anthem. Tomlin added the intent was to have his team focus on the game and not President Trump’s comments blasting players who chose to protest during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Read more here.

This writer has grown up in the Pittsburgh area and has been a Steelers fan most of her life. While she is no longer a fan (as of Sunday), she does commend Villanueva for his courage and patriotism!

Sonya Sasser

South Carolina PolitiChick Sonya Sasser has conducted enormous research and has written numerous PolitiChick articles on topics such as: the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, Obamacare, the erosion of personal freedoms, the unique power of county sheriffs, the Constitution versus U.N. treaties, Benghazi, terrorism, Mexican drug cartels, and various political candidates. Sonya has also conducted exclusive interviews with: well-known gun rights advocate Nikki Goeser, Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote, OK Congressman Jim Bridenstine, N.C. Senate candidate Molotov Mitchell, U.S. Senate candidate Nancy Mace, Madison Rising's lead singer Dave Bray, and many other distinguished subjects. Sonya has been a guest speaker at the South Carolina Guns Across America rally and various Conservative radio shows. In addition to her efforts to save our Republic, Sonya is a Christian, a wife, a mother, a registered dietitian, and a fashion and fitness guru. She is infamous for being 'that chick who runs a lot' and loves sharing her fitness tips with others! Sonya is also the creator and administrator of Breakthrough Nation, a Conservative blog that reaches thousands of Patriots across the nation. If you ask Sonya why she spends so much time on the political battlefield, her response will most certainly be, "I do it for my children." She feels it is her duty to preserve and protect those precious freedoms that have been endowed to every American by their Creator.

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