The head coach of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers blasted one of his players, a former Army Ranger, for his decision to break from the team and respectfully stand for the national anthem on Sunday.
After a non-unanimous "team" decision, Coach Mike Tomlin had insisted the entire team—reflecting the actions of some other NFL teams—stay in the locker room prior to their game against the Chicago Bears, and not be present for the national anthem, Fox News reports. One Steelers player decided to break with Tomlin's decision, and came out to stand for the national anthem with his hand over his heart.
Offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva stood alone on the Steelers sideline to pay tribute to his country.
Villanueva is a retired Army Ranger who was awarded the Bronze Star and served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.
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