By Rick Wells
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin held a press conference after his team lost to the Chicago Bears, an outcome that, given the pathetic and disgusting manner in which they conducted themselves regarding the National Anthem, many new Steeler haters had hoped for.
After a brief discussion of some of the events during the game, including an official review of what he described as “an okwert play,” Tomlin is asked about all but one member of his team hiding out in the tunnel while the National Anthem was being played.
The reporter asks, “Mike, was it your decision not to come out for the anthem and what was your thinking with that?” The “powerless” head coach replied in typical NFL buck-passing form, “No, it wasn’t my decision. Like most teams in the National Football League, we didn’t ask for this.”
Really, Mike? So who forced you not to discipline your disruptive players, to allow them to engage in inappropriate conduct on the field if it wasn’t you and the rest of your inept, complicit management? You most certainly asked for it and got more than what you expected in return. You can’t pass this off on anyone else.
It began with “hands up don’t shoot” in St. Louis after Ferguson when the coward Jeff Fisher let his Rams team turn into an unruly mob of political agitators and has continued escalating ever since. You most certainly asked for it, in many regards you’ve enabled it and begged for it.
Tomlin says that it was his position not to allow politics to divide them so rather than prohibit the extraneous activities outside of the norm, he intended to force those who didn’t want to be disrespectful to their nation to do so anyway.
Unfortunately for him, he had a three tour Afghanistan war Veteran Army Ranger for a starting left tackle, Alejandro Villanueva. He wasn’t going to hide in the tunnel and therefore, neither could the anonymity-seeking coward Tomlin and his band of America-haters.
Tomlinson said, “I asked the football players, we’re a football team, [for those of us thinking this was NASCAR] if many of them felt like something needed to be done. I asked those guys to discuss it and whatever we discussed that we have a hundred percent participation or we do nothing. They discussed it for an appropriate length of time, they couldn’t come to an understanding, so they chose to remove themselves from it.”
Hold on there, coward Mike, removing themselves “from ‘it,’” the playing of the National Anthem, is doing something, and you said you weren’t going to do anything unless you had 100% agreement, which you did not have. Ranger Villanueva didn’t agree to disrespect his country so that means you should have stuck with plan “A,” just play football like you did a couple of years ago, before Obama and Holder stirred all of this garbage up.
Many of them were “not going to accept the words of the President,” says Tomlin, who clearly agrees with their decision and likely, as the coach, played a role in arriving at it. His words “we decided to sit it out” belie his claims of not being involved.
The reporter addresses the fact that Villanueva came out of the tunnel, with Tomlin cutting him off and stating, “Like I said, I was looking for a hundred percent participation, we was going to be respectful of our football team.” [As they disrespected our nation and those who fought for it]
He then plays the “Aw shucks, I’m just a football player not a politician card,” as he and his comrades around the league engage in manipulating their position in professional sports into the creation of an unwelcome, unwanted and inappropriate political venue.
He says “We’re not politicians, we’re coaches and professional athletes. [who want to have our cake and eat it too] And if those of us or individuals choose to, you know, choose to participate in politics in some way, I’m going to be supportive of that but when we come out of locker rooms, man, we come out of locker rooms to play football games and, to be quite honest “wit chu” man, I didn’t appreciate our football team being drug into politics this weekend.”
Maybe you should have manned up, been a leader, and told your football players to put the external influences aside and concentrate on what they’re paid to do. Who knows, you might even have won if the leadership had been there and the distractions eliminated.
Tomlin makes excuses based upon the platform, and the irresistible urge to stick their noses where they don’t belong and the pressure being applied as just too much for them to overcome. Again, get a coach who can run a team if it’s too big of a job for you, Coward Mike. Can anyone imagine Mike Ditka, Bill Cowher or Don Shula putting up with this nonsense? Not for a minute.
He rambles on about protecting those who want to agitate as well as those who don’t with clearly no idea what he’s doing, what he’s done or any planning for the future. Tomlin’s no better at covering up for forcing his own agitation and racism on his team than he is for making excuses for theirs. The Steelers have a serious leadership problem as does the rest of the league. Putting unqualified people into positions like this is a breeding ground for chaos. The NFL is in chaos.