Mike Tomlin: “We’re not participating in the anthem today”

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are the first NFL team to announce that they will sit out the national anthem as a team.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS before today’s game in Chicago that he and his team have decided they will remain in the locker room following President Trump’s suggestion that players who don’t stand for the anthem should be fired.

“We’re not going to play politics,” Tomlin said. “We’re football players, we’re football coaches. We’re not participating in the anthem today. Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from this circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t have to be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn’t be separated from his teammate who chooses not to. So we’re not participating today. That’s our decision. We’re going to be 100 percent. We came here to play a football game. That’s our intent.”

Protests began with the early Ravens-Jaguars kickoff in London and are expected across the NFL in response to Trump’s comments.

Among the Steelers players staying in the locker room will be left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.

233 responses to “Mike Tomlin: “We’re not participating in the anthem today”

  1. “We’re not going to play politics,” Tomlin said. “We’re football players, we’re football coaches. We’re not participating in the anthem today.

    Ahh Mike…THAT is playing politics…

  2. well thought out and balanced solution !!
    better solution would be to stop playing it at every sports event….

  3. “We’re not going to play politics,” Tomlin said. “We’re football players, we’re football coaches. We’re not participating in the anthem today.
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    So they won’t participate by playing politics. SMH.

  4. Good for them. Regardless of your stance on any of this, when a Governmental official tries to interfere in the exercise of free speech, it MUST be addressed. When the ridiculously-coiffed interim head of government does it, it demands immediate and unified action.

  5. This is the best move possible, other teams should follow suit. The propaganda and marketing of the military industrial complex needs to end. They specifically put on these displays before NFL games because the target audience is perfect for the military; young men that enjoy violent contact sports.

  6. The Steeler’s are gutless, you want to show some strength ,all stand on the sidelines show how you feel about this BS. Show you will not spit on the symbol of this country.

  7. I’m starting to think Trump is some sort of genius. By calling out the NFL he has caused the players to double down on this extremely unpopular protest, thus turning the country against them.

    This is amazing.

  8. Just send Alejandro Villanueva out for the anthem. You can count on him standing for the anthem. That guy is a true role model and hero.

  9. I love it good for the steelers for exercising your right. Now let’s taste the tears of all these self made patriots that never served a day in your life.

  10. “Among the Steelers players staying in the locker room will be left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan”

    Build that wall?

  11. Approximately 300 black people killed by police in 2016, yet I read just the other day Chicago reached its 500th homicide already in 2017. Yeah let’s protest the police 🤔

  12. Mike Tomlon “We’re not participating in the anthem today” If all teams did this, END OF PROBLEM. Each player is then provided the choice to follow their belief’s as they see fit.

  13. “If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t have to be forced to choose sides.”

    Yet you’re mandating that your entire team remain in the locker room for the anthem, thereby forcing anyone who would stand for the anthem to choose sides. Hypocrite.

  14. If Aaron Rodgers bends the knee half of Wisconsin is going to have a collective heart attack at the same time. I cannot wait.

    No secret there. He was born in Cal and lived the Hollywood lifestyle with Olivia…Rodgers is a Progressive…He will kneel

  15. So let me get this straight: players kneel, sit, and give the Black Power salute during the anthem and during games, depict police officers as pigs, call police officers slave catchers, depict a police officer with his throat being slit, praise an oppressive Communist dictator, and they are not being divisive, but the President calls out their behavior and he is being divisive. The liberal mind never ceases to amaze.

  16. snowdood163 says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Why don’t they ever protest their corrupt culture? Way more young black men get killed by each other than by police.

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    So how many, exactly, should the police be allowed to kill?

    “Well they do it too” is just childish enough to b… wait… is that you, Mr. Trump???

  17. Not for Trump but he had bigger balls than any of the owners in the NFL and stood up to the self entitled blacks in the NFL. Reality is reality.

  18. Its a really weird and telling fact that so many people are upset and apparently prepared to do something about sports players protesting but yet we watch our politicians (From all sides) lie, cheat and mis-represent us on a daily basis and we do……NOTHING!!!!

  19. Trump has completely broken these guys brains and caused them to self destruct, they are literally trying to outdo each other to see who can disrespect the flag more and therefore drive their ratings and revenue even lower.

  20. As a Veteran I fought for our right of free speech and respect Tomlin position at face value as to how it could effect the team dynamics. The vechile of the i protest is not the best to move the cause forward instead brining our idiot President into an area he needs not delve in further dividing a divide country. Our failure to vote last November has back to haunt all of you non participants.

  21. This is fine. This is what I want. If you dont want to respect the flag, then stay away until its all over. Even if they are doing it as a form of protest – fine, just keep it off my t.v. screen which is what is happening here. Kudos to Tomlin. All players who want to kneel should do this.

  22. AND I’M NOT WATCHING TODAY EITHER SEEING A BLACK COACH WANTS TO FORCE HIS BLACK MESSAGE ON ALL OF HIS PLAYERS. If players WANT to come out and stand for liberty and justice by honoring our flag and anthem, allow them to do so. Otherwise the TRAITORS can stay in the locker room.

  23. Many Americans agree with Trump like it or not. The NFL slide in ratings will continue. Boo em Bears fans. And by the way, doing what they are doing is political.

  24. I would prefer to not see a possible kneeling at Solider Field. That field is dedicated to the Armed Services that hold the flag very, very dear to their hearts.

    The NFL isn’t the place to protest false racism, false inequality, false white supremacy, false social injustice. This all way blown way out of proportion and the fact that so many people are buying into this garbage is sad and frightening how easily manipulated you all are.

  25. whenwilliteverend says:

    September 24, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Just send Alejandro Villanueva out for the anthem. You can count on him standing for the anthem. That guy is a true role model and hero.

    _____________

    How do you know it’s not his decision as well to remain in the locker room? Is it because some that never served have this sense that it’s disrespectful to the military?

  26. Why don’t they ever protest their corrupt culture? Way more young black men get killed by each other than by police.

    This is off limits in the realm of common sense. They don’t have an answer for it. It is swept under the rug and considered a non factor in the murder of innocent black people. If it is not white on black murder it doesn’t register, or count in their minds.

  27. I hate pretty much everything about the Steelers, but I have no issue with this.

    Stay in the locker room. Watch it on the television in there. Some will stand. Some will kneel. No cameras around to tell us who did what.

    The issue comes from the media focusing on certain players and showing us replays for weeks. This way we can’t see who did what. More teams should do this.

  28. Most of the posters on here are missing the point. Presidents ( especially ones who allegedly believe in small government ) shouldn’t be going around the nation telling big business what to do, especially when it is in regards to something that is constitutionally protected. He’s the president not some celebrity with nothing to do, which means his randon antics regarding the anthem should be private.

  29. buttfumbles says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:33 am
    This is backfiring on Trump worse than the Comey firing
    *************************************************************************
    Why, because the vocal minority is against him?

    You should have learned from the election that the silent majority is much larger than the vocal minority.

  30. it’s easy to protest against big bad white Trump. It’s much more difficult to acknowledge the incredibly lackluster performance of certain segments of the civilian population in America.

  31. This is a great week for white hate from minorities and self-loathing white people who don’t know better

  32. Yuuuuge PR win for Trump… he trolls them into quadrupling down on their massively unpopular “protests”… many thousands more Trump and Republican votes mobilized

  33. It’s hilarious how upset some of you are over this. Unless you stand up at home with your hand over your heart when it plays you are a hypocrite. I like this decision and wish the NFL would always play the anthem before the teams come out. This silliness would end immediately. What a distraction it’s becoming. I just want to watch some good football games.

  34. minnesotablizzard says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:30 am

    If Aaron Rodgers bends the knee half of Wisconsin is going to have a collective heart attack at the same time. I cannot wait.

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    You would think so but they won’t. And the reason being is the cheese fans blindly follow whoever the QB is. If he protests, they will all back him. If he came out and said shame on players who do protest, they would back him. If he said cheese is bad for you so don’t eat it, they would back him. They can’t think for themselves! Remember, it was the same with Farve. He could do no wrong until he was no longer a Packer.

  35. Time to just remove the anthem from the NFL altogether. They want to allow it to be disrespected, fine. Then they don’t deserve to play it at all.

  36. minnesotablizzard says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:30 am
    If Aaron Rodgers bends the knee half of Wisconsin is going to have a collective heart attack at the same time. I cannot wait.
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    If he did, and I doubt he would, he can say goodbye to all his endorsement advertising income and it’s substantial. MILLIONS PER YEAR.

  37. As a moderate conservative it might be better to eliminate the Anthem from sports as well as the tax incentives that the American people make up for a league that subsidizes a league of Billionaires owners and Millionaire players. Watching Golf!

  38. How many of these millionaire ball players, fought a day in their lives for this country? Not very many I’ll bet. They have just made money the “easy” way. A bunch of spoilt brats, get off your ass and stand for the flag, that you are suppose to represent. It’s disgusting this behavior. Fans pay your wages and if we behaved like this in work, we would be fired.

  39. This is so incredibly dumb, short sighted and disrespectful and effectively alienates many that might have been sympathetic to the supposed cause these guys are kneeling for. The most effective fan protest is to stop buying NFL merchandise and avoid their sponsors.

  40. The people who don’t respect the protests are a loud minority who are completely out of step with the majority of Americans.

    The dam is breaking.

  41. the moron who asked how many should police be allowed to kill. if you commit a crime with a gun i hope the cops put a bullet right between your eyes. Thats what law abiding citizens want. I should not have to worry about some black man shooting me because he needs his crack or heroine fix. Police don’t shoot to injure they shoot to kill. just happens black men are the biggest theirs around.

  42. I want black people put on notice.

    Enough of this garbage.

    You aren’t the only people who have ever been enslaved or had unfortunate things happen because of how you look, talk, or act.

    You also aren’t the only people to determine what is racist.

    And your actions kneeling during the national anthem is so overtly racist in intent and purpose as to not be any different than a nazi salute or the robes and hoods of the Klan.

    I recommend to all Americans to express their displeasure with this black racism against whites to boycott all major sports and to not buy tickets or television packages or to watch games. Stop buying jerseys and attire.

    Make the owners pay for the collusion with black racism. Hit them in the purses.

    Boycott and demand termination of the racist pigs on their knees!

  43. To everyone saying you’re going to stop watching football now: please actually follow through with your idle threats. Then you can quit commenting here too. You won’t be missed

    —no chance any of these people miss a snap. It’s all bluster.

  44. Trump should file an executive order to deport anyone who disrespects our flag and send them to North Korea to “catch” our bombs, lol.. aka “footballs.”

  45. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:47 am
    I would prefer to not see a possible kneeling at Solider Field. That field is dedicated to the Armed Services that hold the flag very, very dear to their hearts.

    The NFL isn’t the place to protest false racism, false inequality, false white supremacy, false social injustice. This all way blown way out of proportion and the fact that so many people are buying into this garbage is sad and frightening how easily manipulated you all are.

    __________________________________________________________

    Yes. the NFL isn’t the place. Its one place that used to be free of politics. Keep in mind that these latest developments happened because our president saw it as a winning political issue. Asking NFL owners to fire their employees is an abuse of power.

  46. ‘Why don’t they ever protest their corrupt culture? Way more young black men get killed by each other than by police.”

    That culture is driven by the massive income inequality that is every increased by Trump and his 1% cronies. Massive pollution for profit, splitting up national resources as assets to be sold off for pennies on the dollar to the 1%, corruption, colluding with the Russians to win the election, the list goes on an one.

  47. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:41 am
    snowdood163 says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Why don’t they ever protest their corrupt culture? Way more young black men get killed by each other than by police.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    So how many, exactly, should the police be allowed to kill?

    “Well they do it too” is just childish enough to b… wait… is that you, Mr. Trump???

    —————
    Of course that’s what you extrapolate from my statement. At no point did I justify cops killing people you dunce. I’m saying go after the real problem, THE ROOT CAUSE. Black people also have another huge issue – accountability. NEVER their fault for anything.

  48. The Steelers are not doing this to be disrespectful quite the opposite. Word is Tomlin got word players were going to kneel and said absolutely not. The players had no say in this it was all Tomlin. He said last year no player would kneel during the National Anthem and this is his way of making sure that doesn’t happen. Players never stood before 2009 and many stayed in the locker room until after it. This is a sure fire way to make sure there is no pictures or anything of a Steelers player kneeling during the Anthem. He wasn’t going to separate the team over a protest. There are more than a few players on the Steelers who have let it be known they would not be OK with a fellow player kneeling. Way to keep it in house.

  49. Every team in the league going to a knee or will skip the anthem.

    What did people expect? Trump goes to Alabama and calls a black guy a son of a bitch in front of his all white fans.

    What did he expect. The players and coaches are right to stand together.

  50. the17thearlofoxford says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:56 am

    The people who don’t respect the protests are a loud minority who are completely out of step with the majority of Americans.

    The dam is breaking.

    ________________________________

    Completely and totally false. This is so wrong on so many levels.

  51. Your pittsburgh steelers:

    – crapping on the National Anthem
    – ben roethlisberger… uh… umm… you know
    – 39 year old undrafted juicer james harrison
    – dr. rydze growth hormone/anabolic steroid scandal
    – wide receivers celebrating criminals with special designer shoes
    – etc.

  52. And the reason being is the cheese fans blindly follow whoever the QB is.
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    Even in a story like this you guys can’t help yourselves can you? Ironic thing is, this is coming from a fan who rooted for a child abuser. A fan of a team who gave said abuser a raise and made him the highest paid RB in the league AFTER the incident. Keep throwing them stones bud.

  53. buttfumbles says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:33 am
    This is backfiring on Trump worse than the Comey firing

    Like how? His opponents have nitpicked his every move to the point where it is like the boy who cried wolf. Everybody just knows that his opponents will be negative towards him no matter what he does. So it is quite liberating actually, it is to the point where he is free to say what he wants because he knows there is no use placating the left anymore.

  54. I love it. Solidarity combined with freedom and liberty? What’s not to love. It’s true American. Those who disagree are about as American as Saudi Arabia. You want people to not have freedom. You are on the wrong side.

  55. Whats funny is that they say they are doing it as a sign of “unity”, but in reality it is for the exact opposite reason. Some players wanted everyone to kneel and/or lock arms. Other players refused to cave so they decided to stay in the locker room instead. You can’t make this stuff up.

  56. If they weren’t playing politics, then they would STAND for the national anthem. It was the players’ politics that started this mess in the first place. Let’s not forget that.

  57. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:45 am
    AND I’M NOT WATCHING TODAY EITHER SEEING A BLACK COACH WANTS TO FORCE HIS BLACK MESSAGE ON ALL OF HIS PLAYERS. If players WANT to come out and stand for liberty and justice by honoring our flag and anthem, allow them to do so. Otherwise the TRAITORS can stay in the locker room.
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    Hmm, did you even bother to read the article?

    The decision was reached as a team. I think it’s cowardly of Tomlin to do so as well but as the leader of mean this would be a great teachable moment for the young players on his team.

    I do find it interesting that you require people to pledge blind loyalty to a piece of cloth at their place of work every Sunday but fail to mention all the charity work they do to make this country better on their own time through various charity works.

  58. No racist, white supremecist President who sees good people among KKK and New Nazis believers should be telling/instructing ANYONE, in particular people of color about patroitism and /or respecting the flag. Up yours, TRUMP!!!

  59. You should have learned from the election that the silent majority is much larger than the vocal minority.
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    Ummmm what? The election did not show that. Trump lost the popular vote.

  60. What a shock here on PFT, racists backing racist actions by a white supremacist president. If you hate diverse opinions protected by the US Constitution so much, you are free to leave the country.

    The country will be better for it. Or, the bigots could start their own league. They could call it the NBL (National Bigot League) or the Junior Varsity. Has USFL been taken? I wanna hear what the highest man in Alabama, Nick Saban has to say about it. without football Alabama would be Idaho. (sorry Idaho)

    I’d like to see college and pro players in solidarity. College players need representation to stop the exploitation and they all have the common interest to silence the Orange president and protest injustice.

  61. Trump has two choices…Enough of the NFL’s tax exempt status. Make the NFL Pay taxes like the rest of the country. OR he can allow the NFL to futhermodify the players by erecting Statues of Sharpton, Shakur and Che Guvera at the stadiums…

  62. intentionallywidenberg says:
    September 24, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    You should have learned from the election that the silent majority is much larger than the vocal minority.
    —-
    Ummmm what? The election did not show that. Trump lost the popular vote.


    Not hard for Crooked Hillary to win* the popular vote with hundreds of thosands of illegal and fraudulent votes from illegal aliens and dead people. Trump won the legitimate populat vote. 🙂

  63. intentionallywidenberg says:
    September 24, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    You should have learned from the election that the silent majority is much larger than the vocal minority.
    —-
    Ummmm what? The election did not show that. Trump lost the popular vote.

    _____________

    Ummmm, dead people and illegal immigrant votes don’t count. Hillary lost even with the left rigging the popular vote in her favor. Trump won because over 3000 counties in the country elected him not New York, Chicago and California crazy liberal loon cities and states!

  64. pkrlvr says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:51 am
    It’s hilarious how upset some of you are over this. Unless you stand up at home with your hand over your heart when it plays you are a hypocrite.

    _ This is an absurd false equivalence. Soldiers are not required to stand any time they hear the anthem on a tv somewhere. At the event, you stand. Anywhere else you don’t To suggest stand at home is a deflection to avoid having to deal with the reality of the situation.

  65. Beej says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:31 am
    Good for them. Regardless of your stance on any of this, when a Governmental official tries to interfere in the exercise of free speech, it MUST be addressed. When the ridiculously-coiffed interim head of government does it, it demands immediate and unified action.
    ————————————————-

    Look, it’s not interfering with any right. Nobody said free speech is without consequences. I agree with the POTUS. I have no problem with him saying they should be fired.

  66. Just became a Steelers’ fan today.

    The NFL won’t miss the fans that will spend more time watching NASCAR now.

    Leaving the NFL in the hands of the left would not be the best idea. You would be killed by concussion talk, identity politics, white hatred, and empty stadiums. It would be flag football with oversized silly helmets in 10 years….The left eventually kills everything…So goodbye NFL…

  67. I find it fascinating to watch how everyone is reading into this decision with their own prejudices.
    Pro-protester people are all “Tomlin’s a coward! He’s preventing his players from expressing themselves!”
    Anti-protester people are all “Tomlin’s protesting the flag! He’s a reverse-racist anti-American!”

    We really don’t know what’s going on, other than there is division in the Steelers organization.

  68. Laserw, you sir, are an idiot. Snowflakes like you want to completely ignore 300+ years of slavery and 100 years of Jim Crow?

    Think about this clown, Most Black NFL players are only the 2nd generation to be born with ALL their constitutionally protected rights thanks to the civil rights act. Think about that. Ancestry going back 400 years in the USA and only granted full constitutional rights in 1965.

    Read a book, racist.

  69. Been a Steelers fan for 39 years, today I am ashamed! Tomlin desrves to be fired…sad day!

    I didn’t think the hard working patriots of the mills would take kindly to this…

  70. harrisonhits2 says:
    September 24, 2017 at 12:01 pm
    ‘Why don’t they ever protest their corrupt culture? Way more young black men get killed by each other than by police.”

    That culture is driven by the massive income inequality that is every increased by Trump and his 1% cronies. Massive pollution for profit, splitting up national resources as assets to be sold off for pennies on the dollar to the 1%, corruption, colluding with the Russians to win the election, the list goes on an one.
    ———
    So Trump has been in charge for the past 4 or 5 decades, huh? Way to try to deflect blame. Just because you hate him, doesn’t mean he’s responsible for every problem in America. Let’s just play along though. Every race and nationality has come to our great country. Why don’t we have major crime problems with Asians? I don’t think they all came over here and were instantly handed opulence. Here’s a couple things they (and other immigrant races/cultures) did bring though: 1. Family unity. 2. A work ethic 3. Accountability 4. Ambition
    Don’t come at me with that because they’re poor junk. I grew up in a household that often didn’t know where our next meal was coming from. You know what we didn’t do? We didn’t resort to violence or become generational welfare recipients. We WORKED. We tried. We became successful by trying, rather than protesting.

  71. Ummmm, dead people and illegal immigrant votes don’t count. Hillary lost even with the left rigging the popular vote in her favor. Trump won because over 3000 counties in the country elected him not New York, Chicago and California crazy liberal loon cities and states!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Speaking of Crazy Loons, do you listen to Alex Jones everyday? Or just most days?

  72. qdog112 says:
    September 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    What a shock here on PFT, racists backing racist actions by a white supremacist president. If you hate diverse opinions protected by the US Constitution so much, you are free to leave the country.

    The country will be better for it. Or, the bigots could start their own league. They could call it the NBL (National Bigot League) or the Junior Varsity. Has USFL been taken? I wanna hear what the highest man in Alabama, Nick Saban has to say about it. without football Alabama would be Idaho. (sorry Idaho)

    I’d like to see college and pro players in solidarity. College players need representation to stop the exploitation and they all have the common interest to silence the Orange president and protest injustice.

    ________________________

    More totally false and ridiculous garbage.

    Trump has been in the public eye for 40 years and not once has been call a racist or white supremacist. Just because you watch left leaning trash media and have Maxine Waters posters hanging in your Mom’s basement doesn’t mean that you’re right.

  73. Liberal logic: anyone to the right of Marx must be a racist and a bigot.

    You know it’s true. Hence the temper tantrum since November.

    🙂

  74. Your whole team should go to Canada to play what a bunch of crap you are americans because our for fathers faught for us if my team did this I’m done watching the nfl I will watch college and high school football

  75. The president of the United States stating athletes should be fired and then you protest that statement, is not playing politics.

    It’s supporting your players. Period.

  76. Great move by Tomlin, and a disingenuous opening sentence MDS. The whole team is not sitting out the anthem. Tomlin knows this kneeling nonsense is a distraction and the overwhelming majority of NFL fans disagree with the “protests.” He is taking away the power of the players to protest by not giving them the opportunity to put on their disrespectful display.

  77. This League gets worse and worse each week.

    Stay in the Locker Room, Steelers. Hold your hands over your ears so you can’t even HEAR our National Anthem…..especially the part about “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”

  78. Thanks, Steelers organization. Trump is only the president for white supremacist and his crazy fans and not all Americans. So, when the White House occupant pretends to speak for all Americans, real Americans are showing that this man is as insignificant as the hatred he spews.

    Can’t wait for 3 years when the White Supremacist in Chief will no longer have the title president by his name or if we are lucky if he gets impeached for been Puttin’s puppet.

  79. Not sure how I feel about this one. On one hand I see the removal from the drama angle, but on the other hand, it feels beyond disrespectful. I wonder how #78 and #92 feel about the decision? Not sure I like it. I support freedom of speech and expression when peacefully done, but I would not do what this team is doing.

  80. There are hundreds of Democratic counties who reported more votes than eligible voters who live there.

    Don’t gimme this bull cackey about Crooked Hillary winning the popular vote. The left cheated. And they still lost! 🙂 #MAGA

  81. Lets cut to the chase. Many of these NFL activists simply hate white people. There is nothing more or less than that. They are racists that hate America…

  82. xlivsaints says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Trump should file an executive order to deport anyone who disrespects our flag and send them to North Korea to “catch” our bombs, lol.. aka “footballs.”

    ———-

    If you don’t like people that speak out against the government and the establishment, maybe YOU should go live in North Korea or Cuba. Those kinds of things are VERY unwelcomed there and everyone MUST stand to salute the flag and their leaders or face prison or death. Sounds like your kind of place!

  83. It would be great if all the SNOWFLAKES With their empty threats of boycott wouuld really stand by their empty threats and actually do It! Go on hillbilly, do It! bye!!

  84. Sure seem to be a lot of white dudes in here very very eager to tell black dudes how to feel about the world.

    Sure seems to be a lot of millionaires and their employers playing a child game that think that police killings are rampant, ignore the inner city problems, and hate white people. This is what it comes down to. Blacks can think for themselves, although in this case, it it’s misguided

  85. A Few observations/points:

    Many of you just like many of the owners are staunch in the closet right wingers….

    You view the players the same way as gamblers do horses in the Kentucky Derby…They should play their rear ends off and be thankful they are not living in poverty thanks to the opportunity that was provided to them…..

    You really could care less about any perceived social injustices/inequalities since it doesn’t effect you or your race…..

    You believe that if everyone worked hard enough like you that they can enjoy the American pie too (equal treatment etc..)……..

    You believe that the root cause of these social problems is self inflicted( 1500 black on black shootings in Chicago; 75% of black kids in Baltimore are born out of wedlock) based off these disproportioned biased studies……

    Many of you don’t personally know anyone black (work doesn’t count)nor have ever ate dinner with a black person outside of business related activity.

    Your opinions on black people is largely shaped by what your parents and entertainment (movies, music,sports…etc)has told you. Unfortunately, they are mostly negative stereotypes.

    I respect Presidents Trump’s opinion on blacks as it relates to these issues. I also respect the opinion of all of the rebel flag toting, tea party, white supremacists in our country (there are many). Your candidness is appreciated.

    However, I think all of you in the closet little David Dukes are spineless and weak. You wear the jerseys of Presscott, OBJ, and Julio on sunday, but really could care less if these guys and their families lived or died off the field. They are just just like animals……

    In your defense, you have the right to be racist (there are different tiers of racism)just like these players have the right to kneel for the anthem.

    You should respect them because unlike you they are candid and unafraid about directly confronting obvious social injustices and racial relation issues.

  86. If you don’t want to stand, kneel, or raise a fist. Whatever, it is a non-violent protest. But ever broadcast does not have to bend over backwards to find every time this is done.

  87. Why can’t they just tell the cameramen to stop filming players on the sideline during the anthem so we don’t see it on our TVs? Also tell the announcers not to acknowledge it and it will go away.

  88. This is comical. These players are now kneeling just to snub their noses at the president. They are too stupid to realize that by doing this Trump is winning. Carry on let’s see how this plays out.

  89. Trump is a genius. Every player who kneels today practically guarantees him a huge swath of new voters in 2020. Want more Trump? Keep on kneeling. You are playing right into his hands.

  90. 2017, we still going to pander to these weak sissy Chip on Shoulder brothas? Grow up and join the Human race Tomlin! Stop dividing us. One race, human race.

  91. The BORG left wingers in lock step. George Orwell predicted all of this. If you side with the players, you side with the billionaire corporations of the NFL and Media. You cuck boy sports fans are subhuman. Try reading novels, turn off da TV yo. Losers.

  92. When the ratings come in this week, attitudes will be adjusted by the NFL. Even the hardcore liberals the Rooneys care more about money than their principles.

  93. The NFL Is now looking for a safe space by doubling down on the protests. Trump may very well be smarter then I gave him credit for if his comments were designed to create the reaction we are talking about. If not then he is very lucky. Either way his comments have just the sent the situation into a death spiral and it will eat itself. Brilliant

  94. During the bush regime… preceding the National Anthem the nfl force fed America multiple patriotic songs, military aircraft flyovers, and soldiers with guns/cannons.

    It was too much and too phony.

  95. This is the solution that the NFL should have employed a year ago, and they could have short circuited all of this ridiculous nonsense after one game.

  96. Tomlin and his team should volunteer to take a hefty pay cut and give the money to the community. We have a bunch of overpaid millionaires protesting What? Lack of money in the inner city? Do something positive. Wait, wait. No, they can’t, won’t do that. There is only one inequality today, and that’s economic.

  97. Beej says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:31 am
    Good for them. Regardless of your stance on any of this, when a Governmental official tries to interfere in the exercise of free speech, it MUST be addressed. When the ridiculously-coiffed interim head of government does it, it demands immediate and unified action.

    ———————
    The first amendment does not apply to protesting at work. That is entirely at the employers discretion. Up to now the employers have been allowing it, Trump simply suggested that in his opinion they should not. And he did not order anyone to do anything, he simply said that in his opinion they should not. Its like how Obama said that in his opinion the Redskins should change their team bame, but he did not actually order them to. So both Trump and Obama were within their rights.

  98. You do realize that all the polarization around this issue only helps Trump which shows that behaving in certain way just to oppose Trump is dumb.

  99. I wonder if Tomlin thought for a second about keeping his team in the locker room at -Soldier Field- for the anthem. You are literally at a stadium that is named for recognizing the fallen. And you do that.

  100. rastaman44 says:
    September 24, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    No racist, white supremecist President who sees good people among KKK

    Please produce the quote where he said this. ohh wait, you can’t. He did say that those who went down there to instigate the KKK and alt right in violence share some of the blame and he is absolutely right.

  101. FoozieGrooler says:
    September 24, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    “A great way to show respect for the flag is to refuse offers of clandestine election assistance from hostile foreign espionage agencies.”
    – David Frum
    __________
    Hillary took over 20 million from Saudi Arabia and facilitated the sale of 20% of US uranium to Russia. This false narrative you and war-monger Canadian Frum are pushing are only believed by the most uninformed and most gullible. Thank you for self-identifying as such.

  102. Trump only got involved because the NFL has been whining about losing revenue and has been whining about the anthem protests for over a year now. Strange how the anthem protests were a real problem until Trump got involved — now we’re all united and basking in its okay-ness. So when does Colin get a gig?

  103. OK. I gave it a shot. I just turned on the TV for the Steelers-Bears game. They led with talking about the anti-American protests and trashing President Trump.

    Sorry, I turned the TV and I’ll do something else. Sucks, but I don’t have to watch…

  104. I’d love to see 100 wounded vets assemble at mid-field and see if the pansy football players had the guts to kneel in front of them.

    You play a game. Whether you win or lose that game….nothing changes. It doesn’t matter.

    Me,Me,Me,Me…look at me..I’m a pro football player. Keep alienating the fan base. Smart.

  105. Translated, Mike Tomlin is saying he will politicize the hell of out a subject he claims not to politicize. And, of course, the irony is lost on over the half the country who will protest anything they think will make they appear informed. Which, of course, they are not.

  106. john baxter says:
    September 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks, Steelers organization. Trump is only the president for white supremacist and his crazy fans and not all Americans. So, when the White House occupant pretends to speak for all Americans, real Americans are showing that this man is as insignificant as the hatred he spews.

    Can’t wait for 3 years when the White Supremacist in Chief will no longer have the title president by his name or if we are lucky if he gets impeached for been Puttin’s puppet.
    __________________
    Calling someone a “racist” and “white supremacist” (but not “black supremacist” it seems) when unwarranted and denied should be seen as identical to calling someone the n-word as it is being done to demean and diminish and harm someone.

    Until imbeciles like john baxter start getting fired for their offensive virtue-signalling things will only get worse because SJWs are never happy or satisfied in their attempts to control the thoughts and actions of others.

  107. The NFL should be very careful here. The B.S with the anthem is really turning off the average viewer. These multi-millionaire spoiled brats are not who you want to send the message. I realize the black community has a issue with police and our president, but why turn our Sunday games into a political contest. No matter how this goes you are turning on 1/2 the country.

    One last thing. I have zero problem with people protesting, it is their right and what makes this country great. My issue is how they send the message and what are they doing about it.

    The real issue they need to be protesting and fix is the fatherless black children. So many African American children that are missing their absent fathers. This is where the African American community has really failed. Not sure how it can be fixed, however if this was fixed it would solve a LOT of issues.

  108. “Among the Steelers players staying in the locker room will be left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.”

    Yeah, except he didn’t stay in the locker room, and neither did Tomlin. He stood proudly with his hand on his heart and sung along with every word.

    Instead of spinning this as a protest, you should really be reporting it for what it was, which was Tomlin’s way of keeping his team unified as there are many players on the Steelers who don’t support kneeling or protesting during the anthem.

    Then again, I have come to expect nothing less from this site. Guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

  109. I think this is a reasonable solution. Not forcing politics on the fans and not providing a platform for the players to further tick off the customer base.

  110. Staffordisbetter…….. Why do you leftist sort feel more secure about your radical beliefs system if you spend all your time in an echo chamber? You all refuse to acknowledge any opposing point of view. You do realize that your social justice experiment is extremely unpopular, Right? Or does the constant echo make you believe you are in the majority? Oh, and the censoring of commentary makes your side look relevant as well. Know that as well? Clueless is the SJW.

  111. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:41 am
    To everyone saying you’re going to stop watching football now: please actually follow through with your idle threats. Then you can quit commenting here too. You won’t be missed

    Only if you and your left friends did what you promised when he was elected…LEAVE THE COUNTRY FOR CANADA!

  112. ————————————————-

    Look, it’s not interfering with any right. Nobody said free speech is without consequences. I agree with the POTUS. I have no problem with him saying they should be fired.

    ___________________________________________

    The clubs can do whatever they want. When the head of government comes in and demands the firing of those protesting, by those clubs which require use of PUBLIC airwaves to make money, it becomes an entirely different picture.

    And then there’s Green Bay, which is a government-owned club.

    So no, it is not nearly as cut and dry as you would like to pretend.

  113. Why don’t they ever protest their corrupt culture? Way more young black men get killed by each other than by police.
    —/–
    Kids, this is what a closet racist looks like. So until black on black crime stops or lowers, cops have free rein to kill black men whether they deserve being shot at or not? Black kid playing with a toy gun? Shoot him. Black man reaching for his wallet during routine traffic stop? Shoot him. That’s your stance?

  114. Good job Tomlin! That’s from a Browns fan. Never thought I’d say anything good about him but he got toome on that move. Way to go!!! I won’t be renewing my Browns season tix next year!!!

  115. People have gotten in a circle of politics without knowing it. Hope the NFL will unite and against Nuclear proliferation. North Korea will no doubts transfer or sell the nukes to terrorist sponsored regimes . We won’t forever have safe and beautiful Sundays to watch football.

  116. it’s interesting that players have a “constitutional right” to protest the flag

    but they don’t have a “constitutional right” to celebrate a touchdown.

    things that make you go “hmmm”

  117. it’s interesting that players have a “constitutional right” to protest the flag

    but they don’t have a “constitutional right” to celebrate a touchdown as they wish.

    things that make you go “hmmm”

  118. nzaz says:
    September 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm
    Why don’t they ever protest their corrupt culture? Way more young black men get killed by each other than by police.
    —/–
    Kids, this is what a closet racist looks like. So until black on black crime stops or lowers, cops have free rein to kill black men whether they deserve being shot at or not? Black kid playing with a toy gun? Shoot him. Black man reaching for his wallet during routine traffic stop? Shoot him. That’s your stance?

    My God your ignorance is appalling. The root point of my post is to clean up your culture, and quit blaming your problems on everyone else. Why aren’t there huge pockets of Asians that have huge amounts of poverty and crime? Please tell me. I have no problem with black people, it’s WORTHLESS people I can’t stand. When 13% of the population commit more than half of the nation’s crime, there is going to be more contacts with police, hence more shootings. I’m not saying it’s acceptable, I’m saying it’s statistical facts. Please keep just accusing racism, it only hurts your cause when true racism is present. Oh, and you should probably mention that child was using the toy gun as a prop for a real gun, threatening people in the park with it, and the police officer was not told it was a toy gun.

  119. bkinacti0n says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:32 am
    Just remove the anyhem from sports altogether.
    *********************************************************************************
    That is exactly the plan they want and then it’s the flag and then when your grand kids grow up change the name of the country.

  120. Wisconsin77 says:
    September 24, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    rastaman44 says:
    September 24, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    No racist, white supremecist President who sees good people among KKK

    Please produce the quote where he said this. ohh wait, you can’t. He did say that those who went down there to instigate the KKK and alt right in violence share some of the blame and he is absolutely right.

    ——————
    You apparently dont understand the scoring system. If you so much as question a leftist view or behavior you are automatically an alt-right misogynistic racist Trump loving white supremist fascist. Thats even if you point out that the left has taken to demonstrating the very attributes that define what is facist behavior. Especially if you point that out.

  121. These stupid owners better get with the program and make them all stay in the locker room until the national anthem is over. Why are people still going to games. I am intellectually incapable of booing this one minute and cheering a touchdown or interception by the player the next. I can’t. I would implode inside. Not happening.

  122. Good move, Tomlin and the Steelers. Proud to watch the team play today. Trump should’ve kept his mouth shut. Makes no sense why middle America continues to blindly support him.

  123. I thought owners couldn’t tell players what to Do? Oh they can if it’s anti american, spit on veterans, then they can tell them what to do. Patriots should have protested by walking out and standing. Makes me sick, the new America is to be anti american and hate your country . I’m a vet so enjoy the freedom i paid for by disrespecti g your country and thkse that served.

  124. “Among the Steelers players staying in the locker room will be left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.”

    Actually he stood near the tunnel with his hand over his heart.

    All these articles of people kneeling, and not one about the guy going against the grain to stand alone while all his teammates are inside?

  125. buttfumbles says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:33 am
    This is backfiring on Trump worse than the Comey firing.

    —————————————
    No it isn’t. More people are tired of the whining and false accusations of racism, inequality, and privilege. Trump is baiting the left with these things. Double daring them to make a rational argument knowing they have none.

  126. notlistinin says:
    September 24, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    No it isn’t. More people are tired of the whining and false accusations of racism, inequality, and privilege.

    ****************************************************************

    Ironic that you talk about whining when 99% of the whining in the comments above come from Trump supporters who can’t stand the fact that other people don’t share their outdated views. Seems a little hypocritical.

  127. “Among the Steelers players staying in the locker room will be left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.”

    ———————-

    Yeah…try again…I don’t see how any of his teammates can actually look him the eye.

    Keep it up players…when you lose your sponsors and the NFL money, I’m sure that college education will be provide you with other opportunities that are just as lucrative.

  128. I’m not sure why people are so upset with Trump about his comment…as President he is entitled to have and to express an opinion as well…you may not like his opinion, but he has the same rights as the players who are choosing to kneel on the sidelines…see how that works.

  129. Can’t help but laugh at another dumb move by Trump, who was too shortsighted to see that he is emboldening his own opposition. Sadly this man is also in charge of military strategy that all of our lives depend on. Sad!

  130. WRONG, Coach Tomlin!
    You and team were NOT 100 percent, Alejandro Villanueva came out for the National Anthem……..

  131. mmmpierogi says:
    September 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm
    notlistinin says:
    September 24, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    No it isn’t. More people are tired of the whining and false accusations of racism, inequality, and privilege.

    ****************************************************************

    Ironic that you talk about whining when 99% of the whining in the comments above come from Trump supporters who can’t stand the fact that other people don’t share their outdated views. Seems a little hypocritical.

    ———————
    Lol, but now you have evened up tne score some.

  132. Steelers should have stayed in the locker room. Next time Tomlin, concentration on a game plan to beat an inferior team instead of showing your ignorance and keeping all the players (Less 1 True Hero) in the locker room. This guy’s a chump.

  133. dcviking says:
    September 24, 2017 at 2:33 pm
    “Among the Steelers players staying in the locker room will be left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.”

    He did not stay in the locker room and kept his hand over his heart during the anthem while on the field…the only player who did so.

  134. I am more than proud of Alejandro Villanueva . . . What a man! And for Tomlin to take shots at him in his post game press conference was just reprehensible. How dare he???

    Alejandro is more a man than Tomlin will ever be. He had know right to try and stop him from standing at attention for the anthem. When you are a Marine, or a Seal, or a Ranger, you are always one. Alejandro’s first loyalty will always be to country. For Tomlin to try and stop that was just wrong.

  135. Viewership is dropping! Fans will stop going to games… Enjoy those paycuts NFL players 🙂 You’ll be working at McDonald’s soon…

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