Last week, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Alejandro Villanueva become an household name around the league when he was the only player on the team to come out of the tunnel, stand at attention with his hands over his heart, during the playing of the National Anthem.
His picture and that video went viral across the internet and his jersey immediately became the most purchased jersey in less than 24 hours time. He has since apologized for making his teammates look bad, as that wasn’t his intention and now he’s calling out anybody that is using his image to further their own agenda.
He’s done with the unwanted attention:
Al Villanueva says, "I'm tired of the cameras in my face all the time…It's completely unacceptable to use me as a tool to push an agenda."
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) October 1, 2017
The many people who despise players kneeling have used him to make a point or further their own political agenda or just to attack others, but his intention was to show respect to his fallen brothers all while respecting the fact that players are kneeling for a cause, which he also agrees with.