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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Steelers Owner Sends Out Panicked Letter to Fans After Team’s National Anthem Protest
The following article appeared on the
Gateway Pundit on September 26th
by Jim Hoft
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters after the team lost on Sunday
that he did not want Army Ranger veteran Alejandro Villanueva to stand for the
After the Steelers team refused to
honor the US flag and military several fans posted video of themselves torching
Steelers jackets, shirts, and caps.
NFL brass must be getting worried.
Art Rooney II
owner Art Rooney II sent out a letter to fans on Monday explaining the
disrespectful actions.. but not apologizing.
To Steelers Nation:
I want to reach out to you, the
members of Steelers Nation, based on what I believe is a misperception about
our players’ intentions in not taking the field for the National Anthem in
Chicago. The intentions of Steelers players were to stay out of the business of
making political statements by not taking the field. Unfortunately, that was
interpreted as a boycott of the anthem – which was never our players’
Our players come from many different
backgrounds and are united by what it means to play for the Pittsburgh
Steelers. They are active in their communities and participate regularly in
events designed to give back to those communities. And they appreciate the
support they get from Steelers fans around the country and here at home.
I also know that our players have
tremendous respect for the members of our military services, including their
teammate Alejandro Villanueva. There was never any desire on the part of our
players to show disrespect for our service members.
Yesterday, I received an email from a
Steelers fan who said tell the players to just play football. That is exactly
what they wanted to do. They wanted their sole focus to be on playing the game,
while also coming together as a unified team.
The main thing we can do is learn
from this and strive to come together remaining unified as a football team. I
believe we are capable of accomplishing this with the support of our fans.
Steelers Nation is made up of the best fans in the National Football League. We
appreciate your continued support of our players, coaches and staff.
Art Rooney, II
Ed.I lived in Pittsburgh for more
than 20 years, from the late 50’s through the early 80’s. I saw Art Rooney
trade any number of Steeler players who caused problems or embarrassment for
the team and the City of Pittsburgh—top flight players, like Ernie Holmes. Rest
assured that if "The Chief" were still alive, nobody would be taking a knee
during the playing of the National Anthem. And no Steeler coaches would be
referring to utter disrespect for the United States as “team unity.”
Art Rooney: The Chief; 1901-1988
No team fans are more loyal than those of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the Super Bowls I attended, 70% of the crowds were made up of Steeler fans. A half-filled Three Rivers Stadium or Heinz Field would be unthinkable. But Rooney II is in a panic and rightly so. For in the City of Pittsburgh, loyalty to the team is nothing compared to loyalty to the nation. The Rooney family had better get their team agitators and demagogues under control in one quick hurry! Otherwise, Heinz Field will be a damned lonely place on Sunday afternoons.