While players and teams protested against Trump during the national anthem this weekend, one offensive lineman took a stand.
Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger, served three tours of duty in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor.
But his decision to take a stand for the national anthem may have just landed him in hot water with his coach.
The Pittsburgh Steelers waited in the tunnel during the national anthem, rather than having some players kneeling and others standing, as many teams around the league did.
But Villanueva came out during the anthem, hand on his heart, helmet under his arm and sang along with the fans.
When asked about it after the game, head coach Mike Tomlin took a jab at Villanueva in his response.
“I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team,” Tomlin told reporters.
In other words Coach Tomlin is hitting him for showing more loyalty to the country than to his team.
But in a show of support from Americans across the country, Villanueva sales skyrocketed to #1 on NFL.com.
This clearly shows that NFL players and coaches who think fans will take their anti-American protests lying down are dead wrong.
In fact, some fans have posted videos on social media of themselves burning season tickets or team merchandise:
I have been a Steelers fan since 1966, but no more. pic.twitter.com/9W4oMl1EhF
— Starving1 (@ArvinGibbs) September 24, 2017
The NFL suffered declining ratings and attendance over the past year for adhering to liberal commentators on ESPN and in other media outlets.
But preliminary reports show the protests made things even worse.
After a full day of protest, ratings for Sunday Night Football were the worst this season and declined 10% from where they were last year at this time.
It’s clear now the only “audience” NFL brass cares about is liberal commentators at ESPN, etc. and they’re proving they don’t give a damn about their real fans.
Be sure to vote in our FLASH POLL: Should pro football fans boycott the NFL until these anti-American “protests” stop?
Also don’t forget to sign your “Boycott the NFL” petition to Roger Goodell and leave him a personal message as well.
And as always, let us know your thoughts about all this in the comments!
UPDATE: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger says he “was unable to sleep last night” and wished the team “had approached it differently.” He was immediately attacked on Twitter by a radical leftist claiming Big Ben benefits from white supremacy in the NFL.
Ben Roethlisberger is the epitome of the benefits of white supremacy in the NFL. And this is the whole point of protesting against racism
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) September 25, 2017