The NFL is starting to find out what kind of consequences their actions have. Over the weekend, we saw as many as 200 players show some sort of disrespect towards the nation, its flag and those that have so nobly served. They think that they are making their voices heard. But really all they are doing is tearing this nation apart. The comments by President Trump started a lot of what is going on.
After these protests, the NFL is feeling the bad that is happening throughout the league. Fans are not happy about these protests. And boycotts are taking place all over the country. This is what we need to see if we want to see any change. We cannot sit idly by as these players disrespect our country.
Now, after all of the backlash against his team, Steelers owner Art Rooney II, has come out with a letter to fans. He tries to explain his teams actions, but does not apologize. Here is the letter:
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’ intention.
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
He is obviously starting to feel the pressure after is own fans attacked their team. People have very strong feelings about these protests and if they continue, the NFL might be done as we know it.
Do you think his letter does enough to explain his team?