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Mike Tomlin Addresses National Anthem and Trump’s SOB Comment

September 26, 2017
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Mike Tomlin Addresses National Anthem and Trump’s SOB Comment

Mike Tomlin‘s players have never knelt during the National Anthem.

During his Tuesday press conference, Tomlin — at times passionately — said that his players are generally not interested in making political statements during NFL games, but, following Donald Trump’s comments at NFL players, several Steelers just could not bring themselves to stand for Sunday’s National Anthem. And since they could not come to an agreement on what to do as a team, Pittsburgh decided to honor the Anthem in their own way … out of the public eye.

Near the end of his press conference, Tomlin again made it very clear that when his team enters a football field, playing a football game is the only statement his team is trying to make.

While he wants his players focused on football during NFL game days, Tomlin reiterated that he and his players have made and will continue to make a difference by giving back to the community during their free time.

Trump’s ‘SOB comment’ is trying to goad NFL players

Mike Tomlin said that he and his team will not be goaded into any political actions.

Tomlin made that clear during his Tuesday press conference while addressing Sunday’s National Anthem.

“Those statements goad those into demonstration,” Tomlin said. “We wanted to have 100 percent solidarity in that matter.”

Tomlin was asked to clarify which statements he was referring to.

“The SOB statements,” Tomlin said, referring to President Trump’s comments about players that have taken a knee during NFL game.

Tomlin was also asked that, as an African American NFL head coach, if he has been pressured to do anything public.

“I don’t worry about my pressure,” Tomlin said. “I’m Mike Gundy, I’m 45. You’re not goading me into anything. I love what I do. I’m active in my community, I wanna help as many people as I can. I think my history speaks for itself. I just do it in my free time.

“We just wanna play football, and people are using us for their benefit.”

Tomlin added that he is proud that his team has never had a player demonstrate during the National Anthem, something that was in jeopardy last Sunday following President Trump’s comments. While his team’s decision not to take the field for the Anthem has led to outside criticism, Tomlin said that he and his team will stay united as they continue to focus on what they can control: trying to win football games.

“I coach this football team; I do things that matter for us,” Tomlin said. “The great ambassador Dan Rooney left a legacy for us to follow, and we intend to follow it.”

One Comment

  1. DARYL

    I DID RESPECT MIKE TOMLIN I WILL NEVER SPEND ANOTHER DIME ON STEELERS. ONLY ONE HERO ON THAT TEAM HIS FELLOW PLAYERS BELONG UNDER THAT BUS TOMLIN FOR SURE

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