PITTSBURGH — Steelers defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt is further explaining his decision to not kneel during the national anthem.
Tuitt said the following in an Instagram post on Thursday:
“I stand for the flag because I am a proud American. Like previously stated, this country has provided and rewarded my family in so many ways through our perseverance and hard work. I will continue to honor my country and be an example to my children to stand for what they believe in. In regards to police brutality and the black lives matter movement I will support these causes through other means. It’s unfortunate that a couple unprofessional individuals have caused such havoc on our country and damaged the trust of its citizens. I will not let those individuals steer me from the fact on the opportunity this country gives for everyone. God Bless.”
On Monday, Tuitt first made it known on Twitter that he will not take a knee.
“I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that,” his tweet said, in part.
Head coach Mike Tomlin has said he will support his players in whatever actions they choose to take during the anthem.
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