NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala reported it doesn’t appear Steelers players are required to wear helmets supporting Antwon Rose Jr. this afternoon.
After the hiccups over an “upstairs” decision (as Minkah Fitzpatrick put it) to put Antwon Rose, Jr’s name on every #Steelers helmet, it doesn’t appear players are required to conform today. At least, not from the back of the specialists’ helmets.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) September 20, 2020
Last week, Steelers lineman Maurkice Pouncey clarified that he inadvertently supported the cause. It wasn’t until after the game Pouncey learned the man was involved in a drive-by shooting in Pittsburgh.
“Officer Michael Rosfeld was handcuffing the driver — later determined to be a jitney (unlicensed cabbie) — when Rose and Zaijuan Hester, who was in the backseat and used a .40-caliber Glock 22 pistol during the drive-by, took off running from the East Pittsburgh officer. Rosfeld shot Rose. The police officer testified that he thought one of the teens had turned and pointed a gun at him.
It took four days of trial and four hours of deliberation before officer Rosfeld was acquitted. Key to the case was Pennsylvania law that states, “a peace officer, or any person whom he has summoned or directed to assist him, need not retreat or desist from efforts to make a lawful arrest because of resistance or threatened resistance to the arrest. He is justified in the use of any force which he believes to be necessary to effect the arrest and of any force which he believes to be necessary to defend himself or another from bodily harm while making the arrest. However, he is justified in using deadly force only when he believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury to himself or such other person.'”
In a follow-up, Outkick’s Jason King contacted a Steelers’ spokesman:
“In an email to Outkick, Steelers Director of Communications Burt Lauten said: “As our Team President Art Rooney II said on Thursday, the organization supports and respects decisions our players may make relating to social justice activities. And we acknowledge there could be changes this Sunday for players relating to helmet decals. That will be an individual decision.”
The team’s statement was in response to questions from Outkick about who, specifically, made the decision to honor Rose and if anyone had studied the details of Rose’s criminal case before moving forward with plans for the helmet decals.”