Pittsburgh Steelers’ Stephon Tuitt: ‘I’m Not Kneeling for the Flag’

Stephon Tuitt
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Many NFL players are expected to kneel in protest when NFL play resumes in September. However, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt says he won’t be among them.

Tuitt forthrightly explained his position in a tweet on Monday.

“Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that. My grandmother was a immigrant from the Carribean and age worked her ass off to bring 20 people over the right way. She had no money and educated herself to be a nurse. She living good now,” Tuitt said.

Tuitt even found time to discuss financial issues.

Tuitt’s strong stance in favor of the anthem is not the only such recent statement from an athlete with Pittsburgh ties. In an interview with TMZ Sports, Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka said that if athletes can’t respect the anthem, they should “get the hell out of the country.”

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