The NFL, especially its players, appear to be more consistent in terms of social and racist justice in the coming season, but apparently not every player believes America needs change.
Pittsburgh Steelers defender Stephon Tuitt says he won't kneel for the national anthem and "kidding anyone with a problem."
"I don't kneel in front of the flag and don't screw anyone who has a problem with it," he tweeted on Monday (July 27). “My grandmother was an immigrant from the Caribbean and her age pulled her ass to get 20 people on the right track. She had no money and trained as a nurse. She lives well now. "
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The 27-year-old has been playing in the NFL for six years and is at odds with his teammate Cam Hayward, who told reporters last month that his teammates will support Black Lives Matter and will kneel in awe of the move.
"I think we want to stay united in what we do and what we want to achieve," said Heyward in June, according to KDKA. "Coach always told me that if we won the Super Bowl in Pittsburgh it wasn't enough. We also want to make lasting changes in the community. For us, we will have the opportunity to branch out, be individuals and our community influence. "
Many were upset about Tuitt's tweet and have replied since then. See what they had to say below.
Lol, imagine you still think it's the flag you're kneeling against. It is a form of protest against a very specific topic. The fact that you still can't wrap your head around it is mind-blowing.
– Chris (@ TheVoodoo58), July 27, 2020
It's a bad attitude. The nation is kneeling for a reason. I also come from immigrants and this flag means something else to me. However, this is not the time and place to share these personal points of view. It's not that, boss.
– Troy Greene (@troyDgreene), July 27, 2020
You are free to do what you want. The kneeling is said to provide information about the abuse of black Americans. For centuries, black Americans have spilled blood in flag wars at home and abroad. Our victims have enabled your grandmother to leave a black nation to come here.
– Maurice (@ThaRealMaurice), July 28, 2020
You don't kneel for the flag. You don't kneel for the hymn. They kneel to protest injustice. I am a veteran and I see that very clearly.
– Dave Bricker (@CognitiveCaveat), July 27, 2020
My grandmother did the same and she knelt down. One has absolutely nothing to do with the other! PLEASE TRAIN YOURSELF !!
– # BlackLivesMatter🇹🇹 (@SweetTrini_Jin) July 27, 2020