Just when you thought the national anthem protests couldn't get any worse after it has been announced that almost one-third of all NFL players will be protesting, the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Tomlin, stated that the entire team will be staying in the locker room during the national anthem.
Several other teams have released statements supporting their players' right to protest, but none of them have taken it as far as the Steelers.
In an interview with reporter Jamie Erdahl of CBS, Tomlin stated:
“You know, these are very divisive times for our country and for us as a football team it's about us remaining solid. We're not going to be divided by anything said by anyone. ... [I told our players] if you feel the need to do anything I'm going to be supportive of that — as Americans you have that right. But whatever we do we're going to do 100 percent, we're going to do together. We're not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.”
Erdahl followed up for clarification and asked, “To be clear, your team will not be on the field?” Tomlin responded:
“We will not be on the field.”