Among the images from Sunday’s Steelers-Browns game was one of Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva standing by himself at the end of the tunnel to the field during the playing of the national anthem while the rest of the team’s players waited to come on the field at the end of the song. The Steelers had said that all players were going to remain inside until after the anthem and linebacker James Harrison said Villanueva’s deviation from that plan took him by surprise. Villanueva spoke to the media on Monday and shed some light on what happened.
It was hard to miss. Bears players locked arms during the National Anthem. Steelers players stayed in their locker room, except one, a military veteran, who stood near the mouth of the tunnel. When the song was over and the Steelers took the field, a segment of Bears nation voiced their displeasure. “It was probably the loudest boos I’ve ever heard in my life,” said Serage Rahn, an MRI technologist from Burbank. Part of it might have been simple hatred of the opposition, but most felt there was more behind the boos. “I thought it was a little much, but I didn’t boo them,” Rahn said. “I think this country is founded on free speech and you get to do what you want.” Dan Conan, 53, a firefighter
NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., came out in support of athletes' right to take a knee on Monday, even as the racing organization and many of its fans backed President Donald Trump's three-day Twitter storm against NFL players. It's a bold move for Earnhardt Jr., given that most of the NASCAR community sided with Trump, who called for players to be fired if they took a knee during the national anthem, an ongoing protest to racial injustice.