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Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger Regrets Not Being On Field for National Anthem

Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger Regrets Not Being On Field for National Anthem

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has released in a statement in which he expresses regret for not standing on the field for the National Anthem during the team’s game this weekend.

The team took a stance to stay in the tunnel together after President Trump told the NFL to fire players who decide to take a knee during the National Anthem.

One player, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva who is also a retired Army ranger, decided to stand on the field for the anthem and Roethlisberger wishes he joined him.

“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,” Ben wrote in the statement. “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,” he continued.”

“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 concluded.

Villaneuva‘s jerseys have become the top-selling in the NFL this week.

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