Wait, why is Alejandro Villanueva apologizing to his teammates and coach?

Wait, why is Alejandro Villanueva apologizing to his teammates and coach?
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[Ed. – Sad when the one man willing to stand up both literally and figuratively, for his beliefs backs down under pressure.]

How’s this for a heart-sinking plot twist?  Offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva — the ex-Army Ranger and Bronze Star recipient who was the only Pittsburgh Steeler to stand on the field in Chicago yesterday to honor the national anthem — is now expressing “embarrassment” over his actions.  After getting publicly rebuked by his head coach, Democratic donor Mike Tomlin, Villanueva is now explaining that he didn’t intend to defy his teammates’ plan to avoid the anthem spectacle by remaining off the field during the song.  I’ll admit, this made me feel a little bit sick at first blush, but keep reading:

Here’s the Post-Gazette’s coverage of these latest developments:

Alejandro Villanueva said he never intended to stand alone during the national anthem on Sunday and apologized to his teammates and coach Mike Tomlin for what he called “a very embarrassing” botching of the team’s pregame plan…“We butchered our plan”…

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