Protesting during the national anthem is all the rage right now.

In fact, it’s practically a profile in courage not to protest in today’s heated political environment.

Now one Pittsburgh Steelers player says he won’t kneel – and had some strong words for anyone who has a problem with that.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt firmly declared he won’t be protesting during the national anthem or disrespect the flag like others in the league this season.

“Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that,” Tuitt wrote on Twitter.

Noting his immigrant grandmother’s success story, it was clear that for Tuitt, protesting during the anthem was disrespecting her past and everything she went through to create a better life for her family.

“My grandmother was a immigrant from the Caribbean and age worked her a** off to bring 20 people over the right way,” he added. “She had no money and educated herself to be a nurse. She living good now.”

Many of the replies from the “woke” Twitterverse attacked Tuitt for being “confused” or having a “bad take.”

But not everyone felt the same way, Virginia Republican Nick Freitas thanked Tuitt for his stance, saying “As a combat veteran who had friends come home in flag draped coffins, I thank you sir.”

In an example of how far Steeler Nation stretches across the country, Arizona Legislator Shawna Bolick noted she was originally from Pittsburgh before thanking Tuitt.

Despite the volume of negative and positive feedback, Tuitt doesn’t appear to be letting it get in the way of his preparations for the 2020 football season, tweeting “Shut out the Noise and Work.”

*Sports with Balls Official Polling*

 

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