Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt says he has no plans to kneel during the upcoming NFL season. He took to social media on Monday to address the controversial issue.
The 27-year-old athlete cited his family history as to why he chooses not to kneel during the National Anthem. “Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that,” Tuitt wrote on Twitter. “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.”
Earlier this month, Tuitt’s teammate, Cameron Heyward, told reports that the team plans to protest in unity. “I think we want to stay united in what we do and what we want to accomplish,” Heyward said, according to Fox News. “Coach T (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.”
Twitter Reacts to Stephon Tuitt and the Kneeling Controversy
Following Tuitt’s tweet, thousands of Twitter users shared their thoughts on the message. A number expressed their appreciation for Tuitt’s stance on the issue.
“I appreciate that 100%,” one user writes. “I spent 21 years serving in the military and have multiple combat deployments. The flag and National Anthem still make my eyes water. I am proud of our country and what we’ve made as Americans. We can go much farther yet if we stop trashing our country.”
While many voiced their support for Tuitt, others expressed opposing views.
“Lol, imagine still thinking it’s the flag you’re kneeling against,” a user commented. “It’s a form of protest against a very specific issue. The fact you can’t wrap your head around that yet is mind boggling.”
In recent weeks the debate regarding kneeling during the National Anthem garnered attention once again after the George Floyd protests. President Trump and many others have weighed in on the issue. Learn more here.
[H/T Fox News]