The Pittsburgh Steelers have apparently had a change of heart about standing up for the National Anthem. One of their players even said on camera that they’ll all be standing in Baltimore this weekend.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:
Maurkice Pouncey says all Steelers will stand for national anthem in Baltimore
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, one of the longest tenured players on the Steelers roster, said there won’t be any suspense Sunday afternoon when the Steelers take the field for the national anthem in Baltimore. He said he is confident the Steelers will have 100 percent participation of players standing.
“I promise you one thing this week — we’ll all be standing out there for the national anthem,” Pouncey said after practice Wednesday. “Trust me. We respect our flag and we respect the military. I think the bigger message was we were trying to stay out of it. That we should unite inside. It was all about the flag. It was just a big misunderstanding. Trust me, I’m very sorry to anyone who feels the way they do. I care about the flag dearly. Trust me, this team will be out there standing Sunday.”
The Steelers have come under fire for remaining in the tunnel just outside their locker room in Chicago’s Soldier Field last Sunday. The only Steelers player on the field was former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva.
Here’s a video report:
It’s good that the Steelers changed their mind on this but the damage is done. They’ve probably already lost a lot of fans for good.