Roethlisberger Statement On Team’s Anthem Decision: ‘I Wish We Approached It Differently’


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has now released a short statement on his website in regard to the team’s decision to not participate in the National Anthem ahead of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears and you can read it below:


I was unable to sleep last night and want to share my thoughts and feelings on our team’s decision to remain in the tunnel for the National Anthem yesterday. The idea was to be unified as a team when so much attention is paid to things dividing our country, but I wish we approached it differently. We did not want to appear divided on the sideline with some standing and some kneeling or sitting.

As a team, it was not a protest of the flag or the Anthem. I personally don’t believe the Anthem is ever the time to make any type of protest. For me, and many others on my team and around the league, it is a tribute to those who commit to serve and protect our country, current and past, especially the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice.

I appreciate the unique diversity in my team and throughout the league and completely support the call for social change and the pursuit of true equality. Moving forward, I hope standing for the Anthem shows solidarity as a nation, that we stand united in respect for the people on the front lines protecting our freedom and keeping us safe. God bless those men and women.


Roethlisberger and fellow Steelers team captain Cameron Heyward are about to meet the media and take more questions related to the team’s decision to not participate in Sunday’s National Anthem.


  • NinjaMountie

    I hope we can move on from this and get back to football soon. We have a divisional game against our hated foe looming. I hope Ben says as much.

  • PghDSF

    Those who were going to protest should have stayed in tunnel/locker room while the others could have joined AV. If I was the owner, that’s what I’d tell the players.

  • The Chin

    Agreed. We are screwed. I’d lay good $ on the ratbirds this week if I was a betting fellow.

  • Big White

    Translation: “Tomlin gave the order to stand down.”

    Tomlin ran his mouth all day leading up and after the game about how his hand was forced. BS, he overreacted and let politics take over expecting everyone to fall in line. He guessed wrong.

  • LucasY59

    a statement that I have seen that I agree with most:

    I believe everyone has the right to kneel during the anthem, but because of that FREEDOM everyone should chose to stand

  • LucasY59

    and even better would be to choose to go stand with their teammate even if they want to protest

  • Big White

    “We like monolithic thought with our free speech!”

    Once Proud Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Wil Masisak

    I’m sorry but your assertion is utter crapola. The players on the team met and decided– as a team– what to do. Tomlin just reported the news.

  • LucasY59

    they are coming back from London, there is usually a travel hangover, and they got their @$$ handed to them so they might be licking their wounds…if the Steelers had won on Sunday I would be much more worried, but since both teams are coming off disappointing losses I think the playing field is at least level, and could be slanted towards Pittsburgh because of the jetlag

  • Alan Tman

    Just so we’re clear. You do like thinking?

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    I couldn’t sleep last night because the Steelers lost to the Bears. How about trying not to suck on the road please?

  • John Noh

    LOL

  • SteelCityDefense

    Hypocrisy unmasked

  • The Chin

    Haven’t won there since 2012. And Charlie Batch was under center. Ben hasn’t won there since 2010

  • Scott Wells

    Im completely embarrassed to be a Steelers fan today. I can handle losing to the Patriots every year. I can handle enduring Bubby Brister, Neil Odoniell, Kordell Stewart, Coach Cliche unleashing hell, rape allegations, trying to trip a raven. Not this….complete disrespect to every single man and woman that have ever paid the ultimate sacrifice or served this great country. Its shameful a disgrace. Ultimately im a fan of the team….players come and go. I just don’t know if i can root for this group of players this year.

  • DirtDawg1964

    I think that statement nails it for many. I understand the challenges facing many in our respective countries (I’m Canadian). And I will never know them first hand as a white male. And I would never suggest that protestors are SOBs who should be fired. But I stand for the anthem. Part of that is pride in being Canadian, but it’s also about respect. And that includes when the American anthem is being played. Men and women have been willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice so that I have the freedom to protest in the first place.

    I am grateful for, and respectful of, the men and women who have served. Can we not find a way to continue honouring them while also raising our voices against racism, discrimination, and inequality?

  • nutty32

    What about just ignoring players that kneel instead of ascribing whatever meaning to the act beyond what the kneelers themselves say? I’ve been to thousands of games & no one really cared or made it into this great patriotic moment until this country went insane.

  • RevDrEBuzz

    “I was unable to sleep last night” Come the F on Ben.

  • DirtDawg1964

    Well, there is always that. A lot of people bent out of shape over this are yammering during the anthem, chewing gum, not removing their hat, in the beer line, etc.

    I keep waiting for a major outlet to completely ignore the protests during the anthem and declare “we are focusing on football today folks”. I’d be happy with that.

  • nutty32

    LoL – you think the Ravens are exempt from the same b.s. I heard they kneeled for the anthem but stood for God Bless the Queen. Talk about confused. Guess they don’t teach history in high school anymore.

  • The Chin

    The only history I need to know is that Ben hasn’t won there since 2010. They don’t teach that in high school. But you can google it.

  • Big White

    ” I personally don’t believe the Anthem is ever the time to make any type of protest.”

    Exactly right.

  • srdan

    I agree in simple terms with your statement. But man, freedom means different things to different people.

  • Perry

    Too late…I was at this game and my heart was broken. The Steelers players went from being my escape from the daily grind…to being rich, entitled athletes who think we need their opinions. I totally support racial equality…but the Steelers decided to be “trendy” and disrespected the anthem and by proxy disrespected those who fought for our freedoms (myself included) I used to wear my Steelers jersey every Sunday but it will never mean more to me than the uniform that I wore as a soldier.
    Sorry Ben but I’m done.

  • nutty32

    OK we have a friendly brag bet this Sunday. Giving you the 2.5 points to boot. Ravens will be one home dog that will not be biting.
    p.s. real men don’t wear purple in public!

  • nutty32

    yeah, in practice that turns out to mean everyone is free to their own opinion so long as its my opinion.

  • NCSteel

    Enough with the drama !
    You lost to a bad football team that looked very much like it had overmatched you in intensity.
    You should be unable to sleep over that. Not this BS.
    Gosh, do you want a friggin’ theme song to go with your drama. (How about the national anthem real slow).
    You are football players, I could care less which side of stand / kneel you support.
    Go win a game you’re supposed to win dude.

  • NCSteel

    God Bless it already with this nonense.

  • The Chin

    Wow, I will gladly eat crow and proclaim to all of the Depot that nutty is a genius on Monday if in fact you’re correct

  • srdan

    Exactly. This whole protest thing if you step back and look at it, it comes down to what you believe people are protesting. The people that believe that the protest is against the anthem feel strongly that we should all stand. The people that think the protest is about social inequality feel that everyone should kneel.

    Life is all about perception.

  • Chiricano

    I get what the Coach was doing, I like the idea, however it could have been an order that AV couldn’t obey. For AV it’s not about agreeing with Trump, its not about people don’t have the right to protest, what it IS about is DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY and what US Army Officers, Rangers, and War Heroes do when our colors are uncovered and the national anthem is played. Maybe people who have never been in the military just will never get it???

  • Ralph Wagner

    I can understand why you couldn’t sleep last night. Your play against the Bears stunk up the joint. I thought you said you were going to give it your all after deciding to un-retire. Now you want everyone to forget how you played by being patriotic, and taking the blame for the loss. Hmmm You have been doing that a lot lately, taking the blame.

    Go Steelers

  • Bobby Lewis

    I’m sure they’re all broken up because some entitled fan is “done” because he thinks athletes are put on Earth strictly to play sports and do nothing else. Don’t let the door hit you, bruh

  • srdan

    That is easy to say when your ancestors got to choose the anthem, and when it’s sang…when to say the pledge and so on. When your people don’t get to be a part of that choice, maybe your views would change.

    Why does NFL honor breast cancer and other things but not want to address social injustice? Answer: social injustice doesn’t affect everyone!

    Things are changing

  • Bobby Lewis

    This is such an awful take. You can handle rape allegations, but not standing for a dumb song is where you draw the line? Cry about it some more. Jeez

  • pcantidote

    Save your whining for a more topic appropriate post.

  • LucasY59

    true, my main point is find a different/better way to protest

  • srdan

    Thanks for signing up to give us your take. Why do you draw a parallel between the national anthem and people that served? Why don’t you blame presidents for taking us to wars 10s of thousands of miles away for the people that paid the ultimate sacrifice?

  • srdan

    I mean the next natural question is, how? They don’t have a bigger stage, so why not use it if you believe in it?

  • SportsBall Is My Life

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Ben Roethlisberger edition

  • LucasY59

    True, Im just hoping that changes on Sunday, and for the reasons I mentioned I think it will happen

  • pcantidote

    Because social injustice as you think of it is a myth.

    Since African American’s ancestors were previously owned by BLACK slave traders in AFRICA, why is it that you are not pushing to drop the “African” from African American? Why is it only America that you have an issue with? So much intellectual dishonesty.

  • Bobby Lewis

    I’ll never understand why people think this protest somehow disrespecting service members. It has nothing to do with that and the fact that Ben doesn’t understand that, while not surprising, is disappointing. I would’ve hoped that rather than not being able to sleep because the team decided to protest by not standing during a dumb song, he wouldn’t have been able to sleep because, once again, he and his team played down to a bad team and got beat by a team they have no business losing to.

  • srdan

    Because I’m not African American. I don’t get to choose what their race perceives as just.

  • pcantidote

    Well then based on that logic you also don’t get to have a view on whether or not it is appropriate to kneel for the anthem. Cop out response.

  • Scott Wells

    Allegations….Look up the definition.I hope they were just allegations. It was still embarrassing.

  • Superdriller316

    It’s amazing how so much negative backlash will change someone’s mind. The Steelers have a massive fan base and are very loyal but somethings cannot be overlooked. Disrespecting the country and flag is something these fans are not about.

    You want to protest, do it on your time. Put forth some effort to try and change police policies, try and change the crime culture. You would have more support if you did something more than the lazy kneel.

    It was said these players, owners, entertainers, and yes POTUS, all work for US the American people. We decided who gets elected. We decided what to watch, and what to support.

    It’s NOT the United States of blacks, or US of whites, or US of LGBT, or US of rich or poor. It’s the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. That flag represents ALL AMERICANS. Don’t disrespect it. There will be recourse when you do.

  • srdan

    So you think I’m choosing this topic? I choose to support it, yes. The topic I don’t. I do share my views with my close black friends, but as a white person going around screaming my views on black injustice is frivolous. I attend rallies as well.

  • Scott Wells

    Wow! You should do a little research to the lyrics of the anthem and when it was written.

  • JT

    Remember the good old days of people wanting to run Todd Haley out of town, or wondering why Boykin or Gilbert weren’t playing? Simpler times those were.

  • pcantidote

    Just imagine if all of this energy by the players was directed towards encouraging and emphasizing the family unit, getting an education and placing an emphasis on one’s career, and not using drugs. I’ll kneel all day long with that guy.

  • Bobby Lewis

    That doesn’t change anything, my man. The fact that you’re more bothered about the anthem protest than you are about a player being accused of sexually assault is massively stupid and you should be embarrassed about your position on the matter.

  • srdan

    Don’t duck the questions.

  • Chris92021

    Nice try. I am not happy with Tomlin either but this was not his fault. Obviously Big Ben felt differently but majority of his teammates probably voted to not come out for the anthem. Since he is the most recognizable player on the team, he made his feelings known. Now it’s up to Tomlin to get everyone on the same page against Baltimore this Sunday.

    Personally I don’t care that the Steelers did not come out for the anthem. It also had no effect on how they played as a team yesterday. As an Army veteran who served during Enduring Freedom, I was under the impression that this country is great because people can protest and have the right to sit during the anthem if you desire to.

  • Jason

    If you need football to “escape” your daily life perhaps you need to rethink what you’re doing. I love football but I don’t need it as an escape. If you’re truly “done” because of this than I feel for you.

  • Scott Wells

    Again i would advise you to Google allegations. Anyone can be accused of anything at anytime it doesnt make it true. Its not a dumb song jr. Its our countries national anthem its our flag.

  • JT

    Speaking about perception….social change often angers and threatens certain groups of people. How often do you think it’s the ones who get angry that history remembers fondly?

  • pcantidote

    I’m starting to believe that it DID have an impact on their play yesterday. If they had to have special meetings about it on Saturday, and then they see AV go out on his own right before the game, and then Ben says it was a big enough deal that he couldn’t sleep — I don’t know, but it kind of does sound like a big distraction. Now having said all that, this looked like the same Tomlin era big favorite Steelers going on the road and looking awful, so maybe not 😉

  • Bobby Lewis

    So when you read the details of each time Ben was accused, you think Ben was completely in the right and nothing bad happened? Listen, I view things regarding him through Steelers-colored glasses and I’ve definitely, regrettably, defended him with the dumb “he was never arrested or charged” defense, but come on. Don’t hit me with the “only allegations” thing.

    Second, it is a dumb song. It’s a racist song that was built upon this country’s racist history and it, ultimately, means nothing. So miss me with the Super Patriot, Real American act. Protests are supposed to make you uncomfortable. Clearly, in regards to you, it worked.

  • Milliken Steeler

    There it is! It’s a racist song? You are in the minority and called me a racist and it represents a lot of things to a lot of people. wow just wow.

    That “song” isn’t going anywhere and either is the flag, because I know that’s next on the agenda.

  • Arthur Branch

    No one on the Steelers has protested from day one. The whole NFL protested yesterday so I believe Tomlin when he says the team was dragged into this BS.

  • Bobby Lewis

    OK, man

  • Orlysteel

    The freedom to stand or not to stand is what makes America great.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I fully believe they all meant well. How it came off though was the complete opposite. At the end of the day, they should’ve just gone out there and stood with arms locked. Boom, done. No controversy. And today all we’re talking about is ways to improve as a football team.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    You don’t get diehard patriots to get on board with a cause by spitting on a symbol they hold near and dear to their hearts. Whether that was their intent or not, it really is the dumbest strategy I can think of.

  • #7

    LOL “with my close black friends” And yeah, you have no clue what “black injustice” really is. Neither do any of these players.

  • Rocksolid20

    Get together after the game and make a team statement .
    Focus on the game beforehand .

  • Big White

    Von Miller Loses Endorsement Deal Due To Continued Protests

  • Rocksolid20

    The media will follow any where the teams go and
    create a big stage by slapping it all over the News .

  • #7

    No not really. The freedom to stand or not, and the right to say what you think about sitting or standing is what’s great.

  • srdan

    Or what you think it is. Again…perception.

  • WreckIess

    These black players don’t know social injustice? And you know this how?

  • Reezy

    eh, messy situation…obviously a distracted team prior to the game. There honestly is no best way to handle it. Sounds like a divided locker room as a result tho… However, it seems like each team is going through the same thing. What can you say tho… we have a controversial leader who doesn’t realize the power of speech, or text, for that matter and how he impacts the nation. As far as sports, guess we’ll see which team has the best ability to lock-in on one goal despite their differences.

  • srdan

    Really? Name 2 foundations the steeers players are a part of without googling.

    Media sells fear and controversy

  • Arthur Branch

    When did kneeling become a show of disrespect? When you pray you kneel. I watched the KKK burn the US flag in VA and Trump did not call them SOB’s.He said some of them were good people. Damaging the flag is disrespect, kneeling does not hurt the flag.I say do away with the Anthem at sporting events problem solved.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    People need to Pipe the F* down.
    As someone who is a disabled combat veteran, all this fake outrage is a joke. People are getting angry on behalf of veterans, when our service is what gave all of you the right to be on both sides. How about you do something about your respect for the country rather than talk. I and others put their lives and bodies on the line. Talk is cheap.
    Also if you plan on throwing away or burning your gear, feel free to send it to me. I will take all of it..or give me your season tickets ive been on the wait list 17 years.

  • #7

    Because what they’re complaining about isn’t happening in a systematic way. Are there pockets here and there? Sure. That’s never going to go away. People are people. But is it systematic in this day and age? Uh no. And if you believe otherwise, you’re a fool.

  • Didi makes me Euphorius (J.C.)

    I think it’s actually peculiar that we now only associate the flag and anthem with military service and servicemembers. Service goes far beyond the veterans. What about civil rights leaders? Doctors? Teachers? These are all people who have served, in their own way, in order to make our country greater.

    What’s even more hilarious to me was that this is the first time they’ve broadcasted the anthem. Really, NFL? Just to profit? Horrible.

  • Froggy

    It’s not spitting on the flag. Standing for the flag shows love for one’s country. Kneeling sends the message that this country could and needs to be better. I love this country and I think it could use a lot of improvement.

  • Bobby Lewis

    Protests are supposed to make you uncomfortable. Clearly, it worked

  • #7

    You have a point there about broadcasting the anthem. They never used to, except at the super bowl. Bob Costas even supposedly said that this controversy will “drive ratings” He’s wrong, but that’s nothing new for Bob.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    If people tell you that they see kneeling as a sign of spitting on the flag, then that’s how they see it. Whether you see it as that or not, millions of Americans see it as I see it. So, knowing that information, they still chose to kneel.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    Agreed. Tomlin isn’t going to give stand down orders. I do believe he wanted an all or none scenario. That would be equivalent of walking papers if that happened and got out.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Ummm ok? I thought the point of protesting was to induce change. Addressing an issue by pissing people off doesn’t seem like the most effective strategy of inducing change imo.

  • NinjaMountie

    This is actually a strong point, and one that every race would do well to initiate.

  • francesco

    I admire Ben for being reflective.

  • WreckIess

    It certainly is even if you’re blind enough not to see it. They found a way to hide it through the privately owned prison system, the war on drugs(or what should be called the war on drug predominantly used by black people), stop and frisk, etc, but it’s still there. They took racist practices and tried to rinse them with legislation and fooled you into thinking it was fair.

    I also find it hilarious that you say Dan has no idea what black injustice is, but somehow you’re an expert in the field.

  • Froggy

    If people (not me) told you that standing up for the anthem is an endorsement for an oppressive system and it’s racist and violent history, would your decision to stand mean that you were endorsing racist violence? After all, that’s how a lot of Americans see it, and knowing that, you chose to stand.

  • pcantidote

    It is a show of disrespect because it takes away from the significance of the anthem in order to draw attention to something else. That is pretty obvious. It would be like me coming to a church and talking during it. There is a time and a place for making a statement about perceived social injustice, and the anthem is not it.

  • Bobby Lewis

    My man, protests are always going to piss off some group of people. That’s kind of the point. The people who are pissed off either don’t get why the players are protesting or they’re the people who say they’re fine with protesting, but they want the protesting to be done in a way they’re comfortable with, which is dumb and flies in the face of the point of a protest.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Since when did being happy that I’m an American and paying tribute to our service men and women constitute an endorsement of racism and violence? You have to have a pretty warped mind to draw that conclusion.

  • Charles Haines

    The private prisons in America are for profit, this requires prisoners and so yes, systematic injustices are very much alive. And growing. (Ferguson was caused by court and cops passing out tickets, citations and moving violations to people who weren’t able to afford proper defense)

  • LucasY59

    I think this is the problem with the protest, instead of finding a way that will actually make a positive impact it is something that makes it worse, a protest that mainly angers (or offends) lots of other people probably isnt the most effective way to protest,

    but that seems to be common right now clashing views with no one willing to back down from their “side” or try and find some common ground

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Then it sounds to me like protests are pointless if the end goal is to piss people off as opposed to getting them to join the cause. From a logistical perspective, I just don’t see the point in that.

  • Froggy

    Since when did making a dignified statement that there is discrimination in America that needs to be remedied constitute spitting on the flag?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Since always. Where have you been? You’d have to live under a rock to not know that kneeling during the national anthem would be seen by many as spitting on the flag. Kaepernick knew exactly what he was doing.

  • #7

    Yeah you’re citing myths and your personal opinions on legislation. And this protest has nothing to do with “the war on drugs” or “stop and frisk” Many of these guys don’t even know what that is. But you know, go ahead, stay ignorant. That’s your right. And it’s their right too.

  • Charles Haines

    It’s an ok song….written by a slave owner. Ahh, the irony

  • #7

    Ferguson was a myth. “Hands up don’t shoot” never actually happened. Micheal Brown was a criminal. Get educated.

  • Douglas Andrews

    We can all stand in unity as a nation but can we ever have serious discussions with resolutions to some serious issues in this country such as racism, civil rights violations, and police brutality which are the real issues Amazing we’ve gotten to the point that we won’t address violations of civil rights but we’ll turn a peaceful protest into oh no someones disrespecting the National Anthem. In my opinion the Presidents statement was another way to divide this country by putting focus on the National Anthem but never acknowledging we have some serious issues in this country that need to be resolved. Oh n before anyone wants to pile on Im a Navy Gulf War Veteran with an opinion.

  • #7

    The protest itself isn’t “divisive” Only the reaction to it. Right. Got it. Funny how that works.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’d more impressed if Ben said he had trouble sleeping because of the Bears loss. Time for some better QB play Big Ben

  • LucasY59

    I think that is the question that needs to be answered, so that it could actually change things,

    I agree they have a natural stage due to the popularity of the game they play (and that pays them to play it) but finding a way to make their voice heard more clearly and effectively will benefit them more.

    there is obviously attention being paid to them, now they need to find a way to make it matter

  • Douglas Andrews

    Oh so American Citizens should be called SOBs for exercising rights to stand or silently protest by the Commander in Chief. We should all feel like respected American Citizens right? I get ur point now they should sit down n shut up because this county is perfect got it

  • WreckIess

    What? What do you think these protests are about? How out of touch do you have to be to not understand that they’re protesting the mistreatment of black Americans? Just because you can’t wrap your head around the idea doesn’t make it untrue.

    I think the problem is that you’re assuming that NFL players are a bunch of idiots that are out of touch with the communities that a lot of them have grown up in. Like all they know in life is football.

  • Froggy

    Look at it from his standpoint: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Agree with him or not, what he describes is not something to be proud of. I love this country, warts and all, but boy could it use improvement in a lot of ways.

    I understand that some people view the flag as a sacred symbol, and standing to honor it is important to them. But there are other views, including withholding that honor in protest of injustice.

  • Bobby Lewis

    I should’ve worded that better. It’s not the sole point, but that’s the byproduct of a protest. Yes, obviously it’s to incite change. But think back a little over a year ago to when people first noticed Kaepernick sitting down during the anthem. Police brutality is being talked about more – even, ignorantly, by 45 – than it was then and that’s because of his brave decision to protest.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    That’s fine, and that’s the beauty of this country that we can all have different views. But just be ready for the backlash. Von Miller already losing an endorsement deal because of it. Not everyone is going to put up with that viewpoint. Yes, this country is not perfect. It has some major flaws, and I think there is a great debate on what those flaws even are, but that’s a whole separate argument. But attacking a symbol that pays tribute to service men and women is going to not look so great for some people. If you want to have people rally around social injustice, I suggest (not mandate) they choose another platform. Hold rallies, peaceful marches, public speakers, etc. I just think going after the flag is not the right approach.

  • #7

    Go ahead and cite one player that mentioned the “war on drugs” or “stop and frisk” I’ll wait. And you really think these guys are mistreated? Really? These guys by and large have life by the short and curlies, and have from a very young age. They have no idea what real injustice is. They watch TV or read Twitter and think that’s actually what America is. Again, ignorance. And again, they have every right to be ignorant, but that doesn’t give them the right to be taken seriously, and by and large they’re not, except by the ignorant.

  • Ralph Wagner

    Not whining just stating the facts. Did Roethlisberger not say he was going to give the team his all when he decided to not retire? Didn’t he say after yesterday’s stink-o game he did not play his best, Oh, isn’t this anthem business really getting out of hand?

    Go Steelers

  • Froggy

    I don’t think that the flag is a symbol that especially pays tribute to service men and women, rather than representing the country that we are all citizens of, but that’s another discussion best saved for another day.

  • #7

    No. But the “divisiveness” goes both ways, and was already in place long before Trump said what he said. You p people off, you’re being “divisive” and this p’d a lot of people off…last year, not just yesterday.

  • LucasY59

    this post is about BR..?

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    I am from Mexico and I have always admired you for your patriotic ideals, it is sad to see What happened yesterday, I really don’t know What is causing this, I can’t gave you my opinion in topics I don’t know, but hope you The best.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Not sure where you’re going with my original comment. In the spirit of Unity we’ll both agree to disagree. Just remember someone you never met like myself served in the Military during War or peacetime so you can enjoy the freedoms you have right now. You may not agree with them but at least respect the fact that real issues exist in the USA. Good day Brother

  • WreckIess

    You understand that they haven’t been rich all their lives right? For a good portion of them, they were living in neighborhoods where bad cops and worse legislation run rampant for most of their lives before they made it to the NFL. Even with that It’s not about them. I don’t get how so many of you can’t get that through your heads. It’s about family members, friends, and other people of color who don’t have their platform. They’re speaking for them because when they speak for themselves, America doesn’t listen.

    I also never said they stated those instances in particular. I gave those as examples of systematic racism (which you said didn’t exist) and injustice against black which, as a whole, is what these protests are about. Well that and how the so called president is calling for them to lose their jobs over a constitutional right.

  • Froggy

    Just imagine if all this energy we spent worrying about the outcomes of a bunch of football games was directed towards … something more useful. We’re hardly the ones who should be complaining about misspent energy.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    didn’t a lot of players and teams protest yesterday in some form or fashion why is it such a big deal because the Steelers decided to

  • Ed Smith

    They don’t teach American history…

  • lyke skywalker

    And we finally have identity politics in the NFL. Refreshing like a cold shower. It’s almost as if some had hoped for this outcome.

    It won’t be good for football.

    We may just have witnessed peak NFL.

  • Dan

    Yes was good he made a statement and an attempt at damage control. Hope they can get focused by practice on Wednesday and really clean up their cluttered heads for the Ravens who are also bound to be a bit pi ssy after what happened to them in London.

  • American Patriot

    What the team did staying in that tunnel while the only patriot stood alone was one of the most cowardly things they could have done. Decisions have consequences and the consequences in this case is that organization displayed its true cowardly personality. This will haunt them forever. I have removed everything in my home associated with this coward embarrassing organization and burned it. the rest of you patsys can continue to support that organization and be played by them as they pretend to care about you fans.

  • NinjaMountie

    Did you watch AV’s presser. Maybe you should.

  • American Patriot

    rothlisburger is no leader…….he’s a follower at best. A leader felt strongly about honor to the flag and anthem that leader would said “I’m going out there and anyone wants to join me lets go”….. but no…..he followed the lead of someone (tomlin) who didn’t display any guts or leadership to stand up to all the ungrateful spectacularly overpaid and underperforming crybabies. As does a coward he hid in that tunnel and dragged the rest of the team and organization down to his level of coward.

  • American Patriot

    Thank you Mr. Villanueva for having honor and not being afraid to show it. I wish I could shake your hand.

  • Jimbo

    This is overshadowing how bad they played. Ben needs to do cardio before each game and approach it like its his last run..urgency

  • Katie

    This WAS a protest of the Anthem and America. Respectful players stood in solidarity with arms linked. Hiding in the locker room was cowardly. Now AV is covering for his teammates. Apparently in America even veterans need special clearance to respect America.

  • Kareem Daniels

    Jonny Gammage. Remember him when you talk about the Steelers and this particular problem

  • American Patriot

    Don’t you get it it doesn’t matter what he said those other people still didn’t have the guts to walk out there themselves . They hid in that tunnel like cowards and were afraid to stand up for what they believed in …. especially Tomlin and Rothlisberger ….. don’t ever call them leaders they are not . They are cowards just like the Rooney’s

  • American Patriot

    Jimbo……Rothlisburger hasn’t had the fire in his belly since he signed this last contract. Its intuitively obvious even to the casual observer that he is just going thru the motions till this contract runs out. He can’t wait to get this over with. It’s been time for him to get along with his life’s work for about 3 years now.

  • Alphonso Linguini

    This is JUST STARTING CHIN! WE HAVE BEEN AT A DECLARED WAR FOR THE LONGEST TIME IN US HISTORY AND TOMLIN DISGRACES OUR FLAG! 660 VETS SUICIDE EVERY SINGLE MONTH! TOMLIN IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. HE AND HIS 1800 NFL MILLIONAIRE SNOWFLAKES HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTEST….SO DO 30 MILLION VETS! SNOWFLAKES CHIDING THE POTUS ON “NOT SAYING IT TO MY FACE”… 24/7/ 365 SNOWFLAKES! FIRE THAT BUM TOMLIN.

  • Steve Johnson

    I misjudged Tomlin prior to hearing all the facts; one thing I will say is this, he was out on the field, he stood and acknowledged the National Anthem.

  • Steve Johnson

    Time to move on; but I think the only thing for them to do now is win #7.

  • Steve Johnson

    Tomlin was on the field and stood for the National Anthem. How in the Hell did He disrespect the Flag?

  • srdan

    Talking during church interrupts others ability to consume what is being preached. Kneeling only disrupts if you look for it. Not the same

  • Katie

    They should just stop playing the National Anthem. Better than see it being disrespected week after week. Kneeling for the American National Anthem and standing for God Save the Queen. Says it all really.

  • pcantidote

    Really? I think most people got the point but for you…..taking all your clothes off at church and standing in your seat, ok?

  • srdan

    That’s a crime.

    But staying with your example just standing on your chair will only distract a few people for a minute.

    See what I’m getting at?

  • Alphonso Linguini

    Tomlin is a FRAUD! He made a Decorated War On Terror Vet cower like a girl in the player tunnel lest he face Tomlins Cowardly Smelly Hillary Wrath. I hope Tomlins gets Cancer. Heard his nasty breath smells like ass eggs.

  • Alphonso Linguini

    Milliken Brick

  • pcantidote

    Yes, intellectual dishonesty, that’s what you are getting at.

  • Arthur Branch

    It actually spread to baseball yesterday too.

  • Arthur Branch

    You are way off base Tomlin was in front of the bench with his hand over his heart as he always does.For calling the Rooney’s cowards you have lost all credibility with me. The Rooney family has done more things in line with the principals of the American flag than any other NFL owners that I know of. There’s more to being a patriot than calling yourself one. A lot of people forget that the flag stands for justice for all Americans. When’s the last time you helped someone who does not look like you?

  • Alphonso Linguini

    Its high time for both sides of this country to peacably split…a legal country “divorce”. No war needed. Both sides hate each other deeply, and always will! We will never, ever, get along! Why continue this “United States” charade? Nothing will ever get done, the country is way too far apart in thinking. It’s time to simply, and amicably, split. Both side leaders sign the paperwork then give a friendly handshake and “See Ya Scum!” goodbye. Simple. Let’s get it done so everyone can be happy again. It’s time. It really is time people. The entire world knows its time as well!

  • jsteeler

    Ben is full of Shyte.

  • 2020_Vision

    Show the world that the US, which claims moral superiority above all other nations, still to this day marginalizes a segment of its population. Pressure by embarrassment on the world stage. Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, etc.