“This We’ll Defend.” That’s the U.S. Army motto that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva honored when he stood for the national anthem before an NFL game.
And by “this,” the Army motto refers to the United States of America — not the National Football League.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin, who’s black, apparently thinks Army veterans should place their transient football teams above their country. B*tch, please.
Tomlin was upset that Villanueva — who did three tours of duty in Afghanistan — broke ranks by standing to respect the Star-Spangled Banner while his teammates hid like hood rats in the locker room.
At a post-game press conference, Tomlin expressed disappointment that Villanueva respected the American flag that he risked his life fighting for.
“I was looking for 100% participation,” Tomlin said (see video at 3:00). “We were gonna be respectful of our football team. Many of them were not going to accept the words of the President, so we decided to not take the field.”
Coach Tomlin was upset that the former Army Ranger put his country before his football team. Keep in mind that football players are traded all the time, so it’s not like the allegiance is reciprocal.
Meanwhile, Alejandro Villanueva’s patriotic gesture earned praise from millions of Americans.
Sales of his jersey skyrocketed, catapulting him to the No. 3 all-time bestseller among Pittsburgh Steelers, according to 247 Sports. Villanueva’s jersey is also now the top seller in the entire National Football League.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 25, 2017
Mike Tomlin claimed his team decided together to hide like cowards during the anthem, but it’s obvious he had a preference. And we all know that players defer to their coaches, many of whom rule the locker room with an iron fist.
Tomlin was reacting to Trump’s suggestion that NFL team owners fire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners — when somebody disrespects our flag — to say, ‘Get that son of a b-tch off the field right now! He’s fired,’ ” Trump said.
Tomlin said football players should not be dragged into politics, but ignored the fact that unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the one who dragged the entire NFL into politics. President Trump merely responded to his anti-American gesture.
“We’re not politicians, we’re coaches and professional athletes,” Tomlin said. “We come out of locker rooms to play football games … We will not be divided by this.”
And then he launched into a self-righteous monologue suggesting Villanueva should have toed the line with his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates. This just underscores that clown Tomlin has no idea how deep the patriotism of our military goes.
Villaneuva played college football at West Point, where the motto is “Duty, Honor, Country.” Notice there’s no mention of a football team anywhere in that code.
After graduating, Villaneuva became an Army Ranger and served three tours in Afghanistan, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. He joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015 after briefly playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.
No one knows what Villaneuva’s future will be with the Steelers, but for grateful Americans, he has a place forever. Right here in our hearts.
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