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NFL Player Defies Teammates, Won't Kneel During Anthem

Stephon Tuitt reacts after a defensive stop during a game against the Cleveland Browns on October 28, 2018
Stephon Tuitt #91 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 28 July 2020 12:39 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Jakiel Tuitt refuses to join his teammates in kneeling during the national anthem. The NFL aired his defiance on Monday in a tweet that made it clear he was not perturbed by what anyone thought of his actions.

"Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that," Tuitt wrote. "My grandmother was a immigrant from the Carribean and worked her ass off to bring 20 people over the right way. She had no money and educated herself to be a nurse. She living good now."

The comments come after teammate Cameron Heyward said that all Steelers players would kneel together during the national anthem in protest to racial injustice for the upcoming season.

"I think we want to stay united in what we do and what we want to accomplish," Heyward said last month during a conference call with several news outlets, per Fox News. "Coach [Mike] Tomlin always told me that if we win a Super Bowl, that's not enough for the city of Pittsburgh. We want to leave a lasting change on our community as well," he added.

Last month Tomlin said he would allow players to determine how best to show their concern for social justice provided it is done "properly." The head coach added that he wanted players to feel comfortable speaking out in any way they saw fit, including kneeling.

"Our position is simple," Tomlin said, according to Fox News. "We are going to support our players and their willingness to partake in this, whether it is statements or actions. You guys know my feelings, I have stated them in the past. Statements are good, but impact is better. Particularly long-term impact."

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