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Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva Says He 'Made a Mistake' By Standing Alone for Anthem

Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva Says He 'Made a Mistake' By Standing Alone for Anthem

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva was the only member of the team to come out of the tunnel and stand for the National Anthem this weekend.

Unfortunately, the 29-year-old, who was an Army Ranger and served in Afghanistan, now regrets his decision.

“There was disagreement in what we were going to do. And the only course of action was to go inside and remove ourself from the situation. It was never to disrespect the national anthem. Every single one of my teammates is extremely supportive and extremely patriotic in this locker room. And I can not only say that for this locker room, but I can say that across the NFL, every single player that I’ve gone against,” Alejandro said during a press conference.

“I would say that my personal thoughts about the situation is that regardless of this plan, very few players knew that I was going to the tunnel because I only asked the team leadership. And because of that I did not give them an opportunity to stand with me during the national anthem. That is the very embarrassing part of my end in what transpired, because when everybody sees an image of me standing by myself, everybody thinks that the team, the Steelers, are not behind me, and that’s absolutely wrong,” Alejandro continued. “It’s quite the opposite. They all would have … actually the entire team would have been out there with me, even the ones who wanted to take a knee would have been with me had they known these extreme circumstances that at Soldier Field, in the heat of the moment, when I’ve got soldiers, wounded veterans texting me that I have to be out there, I think everything would have been put aside, from every single one of my teammates, no doubt.”

“So because of that, I’ve made Coach Tomlin look bad, and that is my fault, and that is my fault only. I made my teammates look bad, and that is my fault, and my fault only. And I made the Steelers also look bad, and that is my fault, and my fault only. So unwillingly, I made a mistake,” Alejandro continued. “I talked to my teammates about the situation, hopefully they understand it. If they don’t, I still have to live with it, because the nature of this debate is causing a lot of very heated reaction from fans from players, and it’s undeserving to all of the players and coaches from this organization….Unfortunately, I threw them under the bus unintentionally.”

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  • lost_girl

    I have a feeling, he was forced to change his choice, or be shunned by his team mates & Coaching staff

  • meme

    shame on him for saying this.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Sounds like the so-called “peaceful protesters” are a bunch of bullies behind the scenes.

  • CandyAppleRed13

    And I bet you voted for the Bully-in-chief too. Sit down and shut up.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Spoken like a real internet bully. And you have the nerve to criticize someone else’s bullying.

  • SquidBillie

    There was a blind that Roethelsberger was threatened.

  • Gina

    Well based on the fact that he was inundated with texts saying that he better be standing, looks like the protesters aren’t the only so-called bullies.

    People need to look beyond their idea of patriotism and try to listen to & understand what these protesters are trying to convey. How is it ‘the land of the free’ if some people are more free than others?

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Who isn’t free in America? Ridiculous assertion. It seems the complaints stem around the police and the justice system, but more Black Americans are killed, robbed, and raped by other Black Americans than they are by police – the Black community does NOT want to talk about that. In fact, anyone who brings up this fact is vilified as a racist and the rallies and protests begin all over again.

    Did you know that a Black man walked into a church and shot 6 White people to death 2 days ago? The media will not report on this, but LOVES when the shooter is White. New York Times LITERALLY reported it on page 14 of their printed version.

  • Gina

    I was expecting that deflective stockpile response, so let me give you one of my own. White people kill each other en mass too, but whenever a Muslim or a black person commits the same crime against a white person, the sensationalism knows no bounds when it comes to how it’s reported by white media.

    Systemic oppression is a major precursor to violence. This is why poverty, race & violence are all connected. Nothing exists in a vacuum. So please educate yourself, before you even attempt to educate me.

  • Jo

    I have a feeling, after seeing how it affected his teammates and coach, he felt regret.

  • Jo

    Yes, considering our President (sadly, our President) called fellow Americans – not terrorists, not enemies – “sons of bitches” for peacefully taking a stand against a lack of awareness and care for equality in the justice system in his own country. Disgusting.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Why bring up White people? The issue here is the claim of injustice, racism, and general bad treatment of Blacks. I’m addressing this issue.

  • Gina

    Who do you think are the ones mistreating black people, Einstein? How do you address this issue without bringing up the white people who, not only perpetrate but are complacent in this treatment? Like I said, these issues don’t exist in a vacuum.

  • Newromantic

    Shame on him! I hope people can return his jersey they bought.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Bye, Felicia. Your attitude is shit.

  • Gina

    Your inability to respond is VERY telling. You deflect like a pro though, so there’s that.

  • Gina

    Your inability to respond is VERY telling. You deflect like a pro though, so there’s that.