Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva is not happy with all of the attention that he has received lately.
Since Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the team “would not be participating in the national anthem,” prior to their matchup against the Chicago Bears, and Villanueva stood alone just outside the tunnel, he has been in the news way more than he would like. After of week of listening to talk against his coach, and about division in the locker room, he had enough after a big win against the Baltimore Ravens.
“I’m tired of the cameras in my face all the time,” Villanueva said, via NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala.
He was not finished.
“To wake up in the morning and see the face of coach Tomlin and the face of a soldier pitted against each other is completely unacceptable,” Villanueva said, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “From the media. To use me as a tool to push agendas and to push message is completely unacceptable.”
If there is one thing that Villanueva has made clear is that he has no agenda, and doesn’t want to be used as anyone’s symbol. He made a decision, and felt bad about some of the repercussions his teammates and coaches have had to deal with.
Villanueva even went so far as to say the day after the Bears game that he was “offended” by those who feel Tomlin is unpatriotic.
It is clear that he does not want to talk about this issue any further, and would like even more for others to stop talking about him.
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