After Becoming Hero To Right Wing, NFL Player Reveals He Accidentally Stood Alone On Field During Anthem

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:

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. “Every single time I see that picture of me standing by myself, I feel embarrassed,” Villanueva said. “We butchered our plan.”

He also made a point to say that he did not take offense to players who have chosen to take a knee during the anthem in protest of “injustices and racial divide,” and continually apologized to the rest of the team. “I made coach Tomlin look bad, and that is my fault and my fault only,” he said. “I made my teammates look bad, and that is my fault and my fault only.”

Hit the link for the details on how Villanueva accidentally found himself alone. Below is Breitbart’s now-laughable headline.

  • Michael

    Wow. One word for him: Delicious.

    • not too bright though….

      • Young, dumb and full of cum?

        Who’s complaining?

        • BearEyes

          my favourite ingredients

      • fkevin

        https://youtu.be/zALXQi1jUcQ?t=25s

        For whatever reason. Villanueva was in the wrong place at the wrong time and it is obvious he feels terrible about it. We have to him credit for setting things straight and making the pundits look like idiots.

        • gothambear

          thanks for paying homage to the goddess Julie Brown – love her

      • Nelson Kerr

        He graduated from the point, and getting into Harvard is easier. A lot of jackasses gradate fro West Point but no idiots

        • Robincho

          “Gradate fro?” Nice…

  • Will Parkinson

    OOPS.

  • Lazycrockett

    umm How did he not know???? Isn’t everyone in the locker room before the game?? Something smells.

    • Ninja0980

      Maybe he feels bad about being used as a hero symbol by racists and bigots.

      • Lazycrockett

        I tried to read the article but got paid walled.

    • Todd20036

      I’m willing to bet he did it out of force of habit, and literally forgot.

    • mizzourah

      Yep. He’s a lying sack of shit. I hope his teammates haze him.

  • DisqusD37

    Nice job, Forrest Gump.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    He can butter my bread any day.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Ninja0980

      She wants out of the Senate.
      She votes yes on that and her chances of becoming governor are history.

    • I do not trust Paul’s and Cruz’s stated No positions (because Graham-Cassidy isn’t nasty enough for either of them).

      But if McCain, Collins and hopefully Murkowski stick to their guns, maybe this fucking mess will be over for at least a few months.

      • Todd20036

        For longer than that. Once this deadline passes, the Nazis will need 60 votes, and democrats are in no mood to compromise.
        If Trump wants a win, then he gets single payer

        • JCF

          How long does the 60 vote threshhold last? Unfortunately, we can hardly expect a Dem Senate majority after the 2018 election—would be nice, though! Donate here: dscc.org

          • clay

            As long as McConnell has any hope of a legacy.

          • Todd20036

            I don’t know if there will be a majority, but republicans will have to compromise to get anything through.
            Democrats already won’t let the Nazis screw over the nation

          • John30013

            It lasts until the end of the year. Next year the Senate could pass another “concurrent resolution”, which would restart the reconciliation process (which only requires 50 votes and limits debate time to 20 hours). So even if we make it past this year’s deadline (September 30), it could all start up again next January. (However, many political commentators have speculated that the 2018 election might make that politically dangerous.)

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reconciliation_(United_States_Congress)

          • JCF

            I figured something like that. Thx.

  • Lazycrockett

    Hillary is gonna be in studio with Chris Hayes tonight on All In.

    • JCF

      Got him on! Can’t wait.

    • John30013

      Joy Reid’s interview with Clinton this past Saturday on AM Joy was incredible–even better than Rachael’s interview with Clinton last week.

      It does seem, though, like every MSNBC host is trying to get their own interview with her. And frankly, it doesn’t seem like there’s that many angles to explore to make three separate interviews worthwhile.

  • Sam_Handwich

    lol

    so i guess there will be a second wave of jersey purchases.

    • Treant

      And some burning of the already-purchased ones. Amusingly.

      • Bad Tom

        Youtube videos will be posted with unhinged rant narration!

  • SoCalGal20

    OT: Apparently Graham-Cassidy would cut $1 TRILLION to Medicaid by 2026. This is no time to be complacent but I think you can stick a fork in it.

    Also, fuck you to the the Trumps, the Koch brothers, the Mercers, and every other freeloader millionaire and billionaire out there who will do anything possible to avoid paying their fair share.

    https://twitter.com/topherspiro/status/912436750412328963

    • Todd20036

      Wow. A trillion here, a trillion there, and soon you might have a lot of money…

      • margaretpoa

        Soon the rich will have a lot MORE money because tax cuts fror them is exactly where that medicaid money was going to go.

    • Not really breaking, as we all kinda knew this was in the draft as of last week, but it is relevant.

      Trumpcare starts with steep cuts to Mediaid beginning immediately and the conversion of direct-to-citizen coverage and instead block-grants the money to the states. Who according to the bill’s provisions are NOT even required to spend any of it on actual healthcare or insurance coverage.

      And guess what happens in 2027? ALL MEDICAID FUNDING IS ZEROED OUT, unless Congress intervenes. That’s right: The program which covers millions of children via CHIP and virtually everybody with chronic care, including those in nursing homes, just stops. It also covers ‘assisted living’ situations.

      Meaning all the poor folks will have to fix up their spare rooms, if they have any, so Nana can come home to die.

      • bkmn

        It was about as bad of a bill as anyone could have come up with and unfortunately they got too close to passing it.

      • Bad Tom

        After seven years, the best they could offer is “We punt to the states: you have 24 months.”
        ——-
        Why they give the states two years to formulate and implement a replacement, when they have been unsuccessful for seven years to even formulate one is a good window into a privileged POV.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Whenever I sign a contract for anything, I absolutely insist on not knowing any of the terms & conditions or what my monthly payments will be or what I will get in return for my money. I just want to make sure it is screwing my icky poor neighbors over somehow. And I expect no less from our Republican Congress! MAGA! Lock Her Up! Benghazi!!1!

      /s

      • Cuberly

        That’s called being pro-business.

        • Ken M

          But this is a good thing..right? How fucking stupid do they think people who depend on this are?

          • Cuberly

            Cynical is the GOPs middle name.

        • Ken M
          • Cuberly

            Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

            Oh the humanity!!!!!!1!!1!!11

          • Igby

            Pumpkin spice? Oh the inhumanity!

          • Bad Tom

            That Twinkie looks disturbingly like Woody of Toy Story. Does Pixar know?!?

          • teeveedub

            I never realized how easily brand resurrection could devolve until this.

          • glass

            “Pumpkin Spice”, which one of the Spice Girls was that?

          • J Ascher

            One of Trump’s daughters?

          • glass

            Oh right, Eric. I forgot about Eric.

          • Librarykid

            Or Huckabee’s one and only.

          • Librarykid

            The rotund one.

      • Snarkaholic

        Don’t forget Pizza Shop Cannibal!

      • Zoey

        What an asinine thing to say.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    OT: Hey Joe, before closing up shop for the day, please post this from Megyn Kelly’s first morning show:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4919230/Megyn-Kelly-ridiculed-awkward-sendoff-gay-man.html

    • Treant

      Oh, my.

    • I guess you can take the spokesbimbo out of Fox News, but you can’t take the Fox News out of the spokesbimbo.

    • Treant

      Or, on second thought…

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/331842ee4760a9c5e344c433fd173288ce8121893635d741037870adaddab1e1.jpg
      (translation: Dumb Phoque and Bitch, or Dumb fuckin’ bitch).

    • Lars Littlefield

      Always pull back your foreskin and wash thoroughly then apply a little baby oil to keep yourself clean and free of SMegyn.

    • Lizard

      I feel like I owe everyone an apology. I wanted to see what she could do when out from under Fox’s umbrella. After watching her as a moderator, I thought she might have some inkling about how to be a reasonable, objective journalist.

      I was wrong, and I am sincerely sorry. I hope her show crashes and burns.

      • JCF

        Same here.

    • BearEyes

      fox taint is unwashable

    • bambinoitaliano

      That’s what happen when you bring a prehistoric species to the modern day world, putting her in front of the camera without proper vetting.

  • Chucktech

    Cheer up, Mr. Villanueva, you made a gaggle of Trump’s flag waving goons look like the cretins they are. Good on you for your explanation.

  • safari

    Breitbart doesn’t believe that he did this willingly.

    • Chucktech

      That’s nice, but……………he did it, anyway, so fuck you, Breitbart.

  • Tomcat

    You can always tell republicans, they hold their hand over their heart during the national anthem then cuss you out right after it for exercising your first amendment.
    Then they head out of parking lot after game in their truck flying their confederate flag.

    • Philly Mike

      There is a house near where I work ringed with American flags, Don’t Tread On Me flags and other patriotic stuff and of course the property looks like a dump.

  • clay

    Meanwhile, Roethlisberger proves himself a power-lovin’ macho dipstick, again.
    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20817628/ben-roethlisberger-regrets-how-pittsburgh-steelers-showed-unity

    • Lizard

      Shocker.

  • mizzourah

    He’s a big liar

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Really? He doesn’t seem to be coming across that way, especially given the grief he’ll be getting from the rabid Trumpanzees and possibly the head baboon himself. If he had not said anything, he could bask in the venal glow of Trumpandia, but instead chose to speak out to correct a mistake. Those are not the actions of a liar.

      • sfprman

        Nah. They all believe he was threatened by his teammates. He knew what he was doing. And after basking it that, he probably did realize his teammates were pissed. He wants it both ways.

  • Canadian Observer

    Damn, someone actually still knows how to make a real apology (as opposed to the “I am sorry you were offended” non-apology). I hope his teammates accept the apology, I, for one, am quite willing to accept it at face value.

    • Dave B

      No shit. That useless “I am sorry you were offended” has about as much meaning as “thoughts and prayers”

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    Sad Whitebarf Trumpflake supporters. No doubt they’ll make more videos of themselves burning stuff.

    • Todd20036

      There was one instance of a guy who burned a box of Cherrios…

      He’s dead now.

  • JWC

    Trump stirred up a pot of shit purely and simply to fuel his own image Trump is a racist asshole and will do anything for a dual purpose Press & Deflection

    • Lizard

      You know, this time I’m okay with it. At least it’s sparked some unity and understanding of what peaceful protest is supposed to accomplish.

      • JWC

        If anything it backfired on Trump altho his loyal minions with throw up the usual bevy of lies

        • Lizard

          Of course, and we now know that there’s a core of Trumpanzees that will go down with his orange ship.

          But this time, I feel like some small amount of good came out of it, too. Some (not all) of the discourse was thoughtful and respectful. Maybe I’m scrabbling for scraps, but it still feels nice for a change.

  • ohbear1957
    • Lizard

      CROW!!!

      Also I agree with you, but OMG MST3000!

      • Todd Allis

        MST3KFTW! I’m loving the new season on Netflix, love me some Rifftrax too!

        • Snarkaholic

          I didn’t know it was out! What are some of the movies MST3K is featuring?

          • Jeffrey

            It’s exclusively on Netflix. New host. I like him a lot. I follow him on twitter along with Matt Oswalt, another of the show’s writers and brother of Patton Oswalt

          • Todd Allis

            Reptilicus, Cry Wilderness, The Time Travelers, Avalanche, The Beast of Hollow Mountain, Starcrash, The Land That Time Forgot, The Loves of Hercules, Yongary: Monster from the Deep, Wizards of the Lost Kingdom 1 & 2, Carnival Magic, The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t, and At the Earth’s Core.

          • Snarkaholic

            Thank You!

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      • Acronym Jim

        I initially thought you meant Jim Crow until I read your second line.

  • Comixbear

    He apologized and said it was his fault.
    Now someone needs to explain what these things are to Republicans.

    • Lizard

      Apologizing? Taking responsibility?! WHAT IS THIS WITCHCRAFT

  • Lizard

    Whoops. Hate it when that happens.

    No, seriously. That sucks. If I made a mistake and became an unintended hero to the Nazis, I’d be fucking pissed. Good for him for setting the record straight, because we all know he’s going to get a lot of backlash from the right.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Lizard

      I’d just like to extend my thanks on behalf of everyone like me, who just can’t bring themselves to create a Twitter account. So, thank you. Fight the good fight.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        You’re most welcome.

      • Richie Kau

        I’d upvote this a hundred times if I could.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    He’s holding the flag over the fire….:

    https://twitter.com/ArvinGibbs/status/912059054519877632

    • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Philly Mike

      I saw that on the news the Hubby and I laughed out loud could not believe that people take this shit so serious and the best part the NFL is looking forward to this asshole spending more money on his next favorite team.

    • Pip
    • Bluto

      I have the utmost respect for veterans, but FUCK this one. I have no tolerance for fascists, especially those who wrap themselves in my flag.
      & while I’m airing my grievances, if Alejandro Villanueva wants to march to center field & stand at attention during the national anthem then I say good for him. It doesn’t however make him any more or less patriotic.

      • Todd20036

        Yup. He fought for Americans and civil rights. He did NOT fight for a piece of cloth. If he wants to live in a country where the citizens are forced to salute the flag, Un would love to have them

    • JCF

      Buh-bye! They won’t miss you!

      j/k. This asswipe will be buying NEW Steelers’ gear within a month. Guaranteed.

    • edrex

      no doubt their hearts are broken.

  • Ken M

    Not all bad for the team http://insider.foxnews.com/amp/article/58134 Seems his jersey sales went through the roof today. And only $32 per tee.

    • Ken M

      First they fall for the MAGA hots, and now this.

    • CharlestonDave

      Actually, the game jerseys are $75 for youth size and $100 for men or women’s, available in home or away colors and you obviously need both to be a real fan. 😉

      http://www.nflshop.com/Pittsburgh_Steelers_Jerseys

  • Steverino

    Then: a patriotic right-wing hero!

    Now: DEPORT HIM BACK TO MEXICO!!!!!!1!!1!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KnownDonorDad
  • DaddyRay

    I like this tradition better

    After the first quarter ends of every home football game, Iowa Fans wave to the children’s hospital next door.
    This was the first night game since the tradition was started.

    https://gfycat.com/SentimentalVapidHorseshoecrab

    • Bluto

      Awesome new tradition. May it last forever.

    • CharlestonDave

      Really beautiful, thanks for sharing!

  • ColdCountry

    He screwed up, but he’s owning it. Wonder what all those “fans” will do with his jersey when it arrives in the mail. I hope they’re expensive.

    • CJAS

      Given his Spanish surname, they weren’t going to wear them anyway.

  • Pip

    Meh, don’t give him too much credit. Sounds like there was just a mix up and the team didn’t make it out in time and he wound up being the only one.

  • Bad Tom

    Alejandro Villanueva’s apology gives us a candid glimpse into his and his teammate’s mindset. Trump is not winning in the locker room.

    • edrex

      fuck. he can’t even do locker room talk right.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Not without pussy grabbing.

  • andrew

    Heroes come and heroes go. Such is life. My new hero is Senator Susan Collins. Hope she doesn’t disappoint me too.

  • Pip
  • Gerry Fisher

    No worries, bear. Shit happens.

  • MonochromeMouse

    That’s bullshit, he had to walk all the way through that tunnel in order to get from the locker room to the field, there is no way in hell, unless he was drunk/high out of his fucking mind, that he didn’t notice that his teammates weren’t following. He knew what he was doing and the only reason he’s apologizing now is because he doesn’t want to be blamed for going against his team.

    • CJAS

      The team was in the tunnel.

      • MonochromeMouse

        Every report I’ve seen on it says they were in the locker room, not the tunnel, and even if they were it doesn’t change the fact that Villanueva is an asshole and should be kicked off the team for creating disharmony.

        • CJAS

          I know. The reports are incorrect. There’s visual evidence that they’re just a few feet behind him. Not sure whether this misreporting was an innocent error or intentional misstatement of fact for political purposes.

          http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2017/09/24/army-veteran-alejandro-villanueva-is-sole-steelers-player-to-stand-outside-for-national-anthem.html

          I’m not sure why an honest mistake would make him an asshole. And even if had acted independently in accordance with his beliefs, that shouldn’t put his job in jeopardy.

          • MonochromeMouse

            Got a non-fox source? They’re known for faking “evidence” for their “news” reports.

          • CJAS

            Look at the photo. It’s an AP photo. As such, it’s everywhere. Even Foxnews.

  • Texndoc

    Drudge had the headline the Steelers Quarterback said today he was angry he wasn’t on the field standing with his hand over his heart. I suppose it’s where you get the news from.

  • Steven B

    Without reading the article, how is it that he didn’t look around and wonder “HUH? Oh yeah! We talked about this. We were gonna do that thing” and then correct yourself.
    His apology sounds genuine.

    • kareemachan

      I think so, yes.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Read the article.

  • -M-

    “injustices and racial divide”
    Close, but ‘black people being murdered with impunity by people who are supposed to be protecting everyone’ would be more precise.

  • TuuxKabin

    Head injury?

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Getting hit in the head with two balls at the same time is so much more fun.

      • edrex

        or at least in the face.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          My face is on my head

          • Adam King

            That’s not the only place it’s been.

  • motordog
  • Barry William Teske

    Hey Alejandro!
    Lots of jerseys!
    Lots of great humanitarian causes!
    What is the appropriate term here?
    Oh.
    Yes.
    Field Goal!?!

  • John Ruff

    He’s a fucking liar.

  • Nelson Kerr

    He has the right to do what he damned well pleases on this matter, everyone does. It take courage to admit that what you are being praised for by many was a mistake.

  • Wait; how is the team standing for the national anthem *in the locker room* instead of *outside the locker room* the same as kneeling, at all? It’s like they tried to play both sides & even then screwed up.

    • Lizard

      I don’t see it like that. It’s more like they refused to play Trump’s game. Trump set it up as a “with me/against me” deal where no matter what they did on the field, they were picking a side. Staying in the locker room is a way to remain neutral.

      I think this is one of those instances where the only way to win is to not play at all.

      • Yet if they decline to stand against racist cops killing black men, the racists win – Trump included.
        If they stand against said cops, Trump presents it as being against him & America.
        Either way then, he wins, and all he was really trying to do was make it all about himself.
        He was right; I’m getting tired of all the winning.

  • Dicky

    Reading the story, his explanation of wounded veterans wanting him to stand for the national anthem as why he went into the public eye is sort of lacking given that their original compromise was to stand in the locker room, going back to pre-2009 custom.
    His apology really is only to his teammates for making them look bad as he himself states and is nothing like a disavowal of his newfound status as figurehead.

  • leastyebejudged

    We watched the network news tonight and it represented this as intentional.

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  • netxtown

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/26/us/hate-next-door/index.html

    The snark is to revoke his gay card. The truth is put this hateful dog down.

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  • CJAS

    They know he’s Hispanic and the son of immigrants, right?