Steelers' Villanueva says he 'made a mistake' standing for national anthem without his team

Villanueva stood alone despite an agreement among team members to remain in the locker room during "The Star-Spangled Banner."
3:09 | 09/25/17

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Transcript for Steelers' Villanueva says he 'made a mistake' standing for national anthem without his team
Saturday night as guys all know there was a team meeting that was going to. Determine what is that we're gonna do as a team. Course Tomlin. Give as though the guidance that we had to do it all us as as one so 100%. On whatever is at the roof that we had to do there was disagreement. And we're gonna do and you'll course of action was to going side. And did remove ourselves from the situation it was never to ought to disrespect the nationalism. They're missing one of my teammates is extremely supportive and extremely patriotic. You know in this locker room nagging back and always had a for the block from a casino across the NFL owners and for that amount against. After the meeting. You know bid based on my unique circumstances and based on the fact that I've serious. In the army in a pretty much everything that that is my life sisters live to that the military. I asked Ben. If there was a way to define that inside but where is there were going to stay in affected if a watched the National Anthem. From the tunnel. Com and he you know he agreed. Say the captains will be other behind mean so this plan sort of morphed to accommodate this this tough moral dilemma that I had in my hands. Tours the players could be behind. Behind in the tunnel walked out of 1256. I asks. One. Security guards you know when the national anthems are starting to set twenty seconds. And so I just walked up you know and I stopped as soon as us on a flight lessons at a man's point got to me was enough. There was a flag that was coming in from groups one of the previous celebrations. And when a turnaround sort of you know. Signaling a consequence that would leave me alone and that's when you know the duties to essentially unable to exit. At that moment you know it was the decision of do you walk out of the National Anthem and during teammates under the would have looked extremely bad. Or you know do you as a as a as a team do you start moving halfway through the National Anthem so essentially what we can get out of this is that we butchered. Our plan to sort of had a response. For the National Anthem or respect everyone's opinions regardless of of this plan. Very few players knew that I was going to the tunnel because I only ask the team leadership. And so because of that I didn't give him an opportunity to stand with me when everybody sees an image of me standing by myself. Everybody thinks that the that the team in the Steelers are not behind me and us up salute wrong. It's quite the opposite as they all would have it's actually the entire team would have been out there with me I've made. Who coached common. Look bad and and that is my fault and that is my fault only of me my team is look bad and that is my fault muffled only. And amid this Steelers. All salute bad and that is my fault muffled only so unwillingly I have I've made a mistake. Him and so you know talk from a team is about the situation hopefully understand it if they don't I still have to live with that because. The nature of this debate. This is at risk is causing a lot of very heated. Reactions from from fans from players and in its undeserving to all the players and coaches from his organization.

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