Steelers DE Says He Won’t Kneel for Anthem, and Screw Anybody Who Has Problem With It

As you’re certainly aware, the decision to stand or not stand for the national anthem is a heated issue across all sports right now. Stephon Tuitt, a defensive end for the Steelers since 2014, is in the camp that he will stand:

Tuitt didn’t weigh in one way or the other about how he feels about other players kneeling, but he’s going to stand.

Another player who has chosen to stand is Giants relief pitcher Sam Coonrod, who did not kneel along with his teammates during the anthem before San Francisco’s season opener against the Dodgers last week.

“I meant no ill will by it. I don’t think I’m better than anyone,” Coonrod said. “I’m a Christian. I just believe I can’t kneel before anything besides God — Jesus Christ … I chose not to kneel. I feel that if I did kneel, I would be being a hypocrite … I didn’t want to be a hypocrite. Like I said, I didn’t mean any ill will toward anyone.”

It’s safe to say this will all continue to be a story in sports for the foreseeable future.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. If there are enough guys like Stephon I may decide to watch the NFL after the week 1 BLM celebration. Somehow I doubt there will be any sort of support for him though. Not with players like Drew Brees folding to the BLM narrative…

  2. Stephon Tuitt I salute you. I have been a fan of you since your Notre Dame years. I think you speaking out against popular opinion speaks volumes of your character. There is a time and a place for protesting for or against certain things and during our countries national anthem and on a playing field isn’t it. I hope you stand your ground in your beliefs and please don’t ever cowered down like Drew Brees did because standing for our flag shouldn’t ever be considered wrong!

  3. Very refreshing stuff from Tuitt. Sad that THIS is what it takes for us to think better of modern athletes, but that’s where we are at this point in history. Like, this shouldn’t even be controversial – stand for the damn anthem.

  4. Well said, Stephon Tuitt!!

    That’s what Drew Brees shoulda said too.

    REAL courage like Stephon Tuitt’s and Sam Coonrod’s will be contagious.
    They represent the true sentient of America’s sports fans…

  5. Let’s see if how strong his resolve is when teammates try to shame, berate, and intimidate him into DrewBreezing his stance. Brees buckled and then lost much respect among those who idolized him. If Stephon stays strong, others will follow.

    Kneeling has become a cliche and is viewed now as nothing more than an irritant. It takes NO courage to kneel.

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