PITTSBURGH -- While tweeting that he will help fellow athletes with any financial issues they have, Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt said he will not be taking a knee during the National Anthem this season.
On Twitter on Monday the six-year veteran said: Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that. My grandmother was a(n) immigrant from the Carribean (sic) 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.
The message came during a string of five tweets speaking about opportunity, money and asking fellow athletes to educate themselves.
Last month, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he will support any players that decide to take a knee in protest of police brutality.
Also in June, Texans All-Pro JJ Watt announced he also supports players taking a knee and that it isn’t about disrespecting the military.
The issue has once again come to the surface after African American George Floyd was killed while in police custody in May.
Four years ago, then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on a bench during the National Anthem and later said, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
After speaking with a Green Beret Kaepernick changed his protest to taking a knee out of respect for the United States military.
The NFL says they now support players speaking out and will allow players to put decals on the back of their helmets of the names or initials of victims of systemic racism.