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Steelers President Art Rooney II releases statement on NFL National Anthem policy

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Art Rooney II released a statement to the fans regarding the decision made on the National Anthem issue in the NFL.

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As the Pittsburgh Steelers, and many other NFL franchises were wrapping up their first week of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), the talk Wednesday and Thursday wasn’t about football. It was about the NFL’s new policy on the National Anthem.

Most reading this likely know already what the policy states. Essentially it leaves the power to the team whether the players come out onto the field, or stay in the locker room, for the anthem. However, if teams go on the field and there is a form of protest, penalties can occur within the organization.

Naturally, this entire topic brings with it a great amount of fervor from everyone across this great nation. While the Steelers’ fan base wrestled with this league owner decision, team president Art Rooney II released the following statement on the owners’ decision on the policy.

You can read the statement below:

With this being a very touchy subject with many people, we ask you try to keep the comments and opinions as respectful as possible. If you can’t participate in an unbiased and respectful conversation, we here at BTSC ask you simply keep your thoughts and opinions to yourself.