Steelers Villanueva, the Lone Anthem Stander, Jersey Sales Soar
Alejandro Villanueva’s #78 Pittsburgh Steelers jersey sales have risen to the Top in the last 24 hrs since he became the only Steelers player to stand for the national anthem before Sunday’s game Vs the Chicago Bears.
The Steelers made a team decision to remain in the locker room during the anthem, in part, coach Mike Tomlin said, to try not to inflame the situation after President Donald Trump suggested players who do notstand for the anthem should be fired.
Mr. Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served 3 tours in Afganistan, went against the team decision and stood alone for the anthem just outside the tunnel.
As fans took to social media to talk about boycotting the NFL altogether in displeasure over the more than 200 NFL players who protested during the anthem in various ways, another phenomenon occurred with Mr. Villanueva: His jerseys began selling like they are Free.
By Monday morning, ESPN reporter Darren Rovell tweeted the news:
Late Monday, Mr. Villanueva explained he had asked the team captains if he could stand with them during the anthem. They agreed, but as he exited the tunnel 1st, he turned back to his teammates right as the anthem began. They were not there…
Twitter users showed their support for Mr. Villanueva online as well as with their dollars.
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