Steelers’ Stephon Tuitt Defiantly Refuses To Kneel For Anthem Out Of Respect For His Immigrant Grandmother
Stephon Tuitt, a defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers said he will not take a knee and disrespect the American flag during the national anthem.
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt took to social media on Monday to defy the left by refusing to take a knee during the national anthem. He explained he would not disrespect the American flag in this way because his grandmother was an immigrant who found success in our great country after coming here with nothing.
NFL Player Stephon Tuitt Takes A Stand For The Anthem And The Flag
The Steelers’ defender defiantly tweeted:
Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that. My grandmother was a immigrant from the Carribean and age 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.
— stephon tuitt (@DOCnation_7) July 27, 2020
Tuitt will undoubtedly face serious pressure to kneel. His teammate Cameron Heyward recently said that the Steelers would be protesting together in unity.
“I think we want to stay united in what we do and what we want to accomplish,” Heyward said last month, according to Fox News. “Coach T (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.”
Drew Brees Was ‘Cancelled’ After Defending Flag
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We live in a time where taking a stand for the anthem is seen as “risky” and “controversial”.
In June, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was hit with severe backlash. His sin? The Super Bowl MVP said that he would never kneel for the national anthem because of his family’s military background.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said. “Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States.”
“I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps,” he added. “Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about.”
Highlight: @readdanwrite asks @drewbrees what the star NFL quarterback thinks about "players kneeling again when the NFL season starts."@drewbrees: “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”
Full exchange: pic.twitter.com/MpCkFyOMed
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) June 3, 2020
Tuitt Hit With Backlash
The backlash against Brees was so intense that he was forced to issue apology after apology for his pro-anthem comments.
Tuitt can expect this same kind of backlash, and it’s already starting to come in:
You don't kneel for the flag. You don't kneel for the anthem. You kneel to protest injustice. I'm a veteran and see this very clearly.
— Dave Bricker (@CognitiveCaveat) July 27, 2020
This is a bad take yo. The nation is kneeling for a very specific reason. I come from immigrants too and that flag means something different to me as well. But this ain’t the time and place to share those personal view points. This ain’t it, chief.
— Troy Greene (@troyDgreene) July 27, 2020
Lol, imagine still thinking it's the flag you're kneeling against. 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.
— Chris (@TheVoodoo58) July 27, 2020
Others, however, support Tuitt and his patriotism:
As a combat veteran who had friends come home in flag draped coffins, I thank you sir.
— Nick Freitas (@NickForVA) July 28, 2020
Please influence your teammates. I love my Steelers, first kneel and I’m done. I can only control what I can control.
— Ricky4453 (@ricky4453) July 27, 2020
The flag represents and honors the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the liberties we do. Regardless of the issues we have in this country those men still deserve to be honored and kneeling is shameful. They are probably rolling over in their graves.
— Kelly (@Kelly22108132) July 28, 2020
Here’s hoping that Stephon Tuitt stays strong, and doesn’t back down to the liberal outrage mob like Drew Brees did.