Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers fans upset, burn memorabilia over national anthem stance

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers did not take the field to the national anthem Sunday prior to their game against the Chicago Bears and that decision isn’t sitting well with some fans.

Shortly after the players were no shows on the field, Steelers fans across the country posted videos on social media burning their memorabilia.

Marine Jim Heaney posted on YouTube and said, “Can't come out and stand for our anthem or flag? I'm done with you. #BoycottPittsburghSteelers #BoycottTheNFL”

Another Pittsburgh Steelers fan, @ArvinGibbs, tweeted a video of himself burning a Steelers shirt while playing the national anthem.

Robert L Williams posted this video to YouTube showing himself burning several items, including a Steelers jacket.

Another Steelers fan, Mike Hesson, posted a video and said, "Today after 30 years of loving the Pittsburgh Steelers, I'm going to burn my Steelers jersey."

Others are not burning their memorabilia, but plan to auction their items off and give the proceeds to a veteran’s charity.

The Pittsburgh Steelers participated in response to the comments made by President Trump, not as a political statement, but to avoid putting players in tough spots.