Black Football Player Will Not Kneel For The Flag And Has A Strong Message For Those Who Do

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt has voiced his stance that he has no intentions of joining his colleagues in taking a knee during the National Anthem in the upcoming NFL season.

In a series of Tweets posted on Monday, Tuitt urged players to “Stop letting the world masculinity blind you that’s my spill for Monday. If you need help talk to me I have over 80 percent of my wealth while helping my mother and created Financial securities for my kids and wife. I will not judge. I’m not secretive I will help.”

Tuitt then posted another tweet a few minutes later, “Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that. My grandmother was a immigrant from the Caribbean 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.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said back in June that he has had “intimate discussions” with his players about how they can use their public platform to speak out for social justice as long as it’s carried out “thoughtfully and with class.” Tomlin also made it clear that players who choose to kneel during the National Anthem will obtain the full support of the franchise and “structural committees” have been created to assist the players actions in doing these things “properly.”

“Our position is simple: We are going to support our players and their willingness to participate in this, whether it is statements or actions. You guys know my feelings, I have stated them in the past. Statements are good, but impact is better. Particularly long-term impact,” Tomlin stated.

Pittsburgh defensive tackle and Tuitt’s teammate Cameron Heyward said that the team would protest in unity. During a conference call last month Heyward stated, “I think we want to stay united in what we do and what we want to accomplish. Coach T (Tomlin) always told me that if we win a Super Bowl, that’s not enough for the city of Pittsburgh. We want to leave a lasting change on our community as well.”