Steelers Alejandro Villanueva refuses to join anthem protest


Before the game, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had said that his team would be in their locker room while the national anthem was sung, so it was a total surprise to see Villanueva out on the field before the game.

Despite this, Villanueva used his Tuesday morning (AEDT) press conference to apologise to his teammates several times.

Villanueva's appearance as the sole Steelers player who walked onto the field and stood for the Star Spangled Banner as his teammates remained near their locker room on Monday morning (AEDT), has seen him become a household name overnight. Villanueva, a former U.S. Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan, was hailed by many fans as a hero.

After the incident, a report came out that Villanueva had gone rogue and avoided his teammates on objective, which is what it looked like to his fellow teammates.

Villanueva said that he just wanted to watch the national anthem while his teammates stayed in the tunnel.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wished that the Steelers had stood during the national anthem, the player said in a Monday statement.

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Either way, they will be there alongside Villanueva, who defended his teammates for the surreal scene at Soldier Field, placing the blame on himself. "We're going to be respectful of our football team".

Villanueva also said that all every one of his Steelers teammates "is extremely supportive and extremely patriotic".

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks on from the sidelines in the third quarter of play against the Minnesota Vikings during their NFL football game at Wembley Stadium in London, September 29, 2013. "I was looking for 100 percent participation", Tomlin said.

"I hope that eventually we will come together as a nation to respect the diverse opinions that exist and work together to make our communities better for all our citizens", Rooney said in a statement. The team had voted during a players-only meeting on Saturday to move their protest off the field. "We as a team tried to figure it out, but obviously butchered it".

"There was a flag that was coming in from the previous celebrations and when I turned around to sort of signal everybody else to come so they wouldn't leave me alone that's when they were essentially unable to exit", he said. "That's just the way it appeared through pictures and cameras and stuff". But defensive end Cam Heyward told Fowler, "We support our guy Al. I'm not gonna pretend like I have the righteous kind of voice that you should stand up for the national anthem".

"It's hard. It's a very divisive thing right now, and I think everyone understands both sides".