Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roesthlisberger says he regrets staying inside the team's locker room while the national anthem played Sunday afternoon.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said hehis players from having to choose between standing or kneeling. On Monday, Roethlisberger posted a message on his , stating he wished his team "approached it differently."
I was unable to sleep last night and want to share my thoughts and feelings on our team's decision to remain in the tunnel for the National Anthem yesterday. The idea was to be unified as a team when so much attention is paid to things dividing our country, but I wish we approached it differently. We did not want to appear divided on the sideline with some standing and some kneeling or sitting.As a team, it was not a protest of the flag or the Anthem. I personally don't believe the Anthem is ever the time to make any type of protest. For me, and many others on my team and around the league, it is a tribute to those who commit to serve and protect our country, current and past, especially the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice.
I appreciate the unique diversity in my team and throughout the league and completely support the call for social change and the pursuit of true equality. Moving forward, I hope standing for the Anthem shows solidarity as a nation, that we stand united in respect for the people on the front lines protecting our freedom and keeping us safe. God bless those men and women.
Roethlisberger said at a press conference Monday that the Steelers will be on the field for the anthem ahead of their Week 4 game against the Baltimore Ravens.