Veteran NFL player Stephon Tuitt went against the grain of the sports world Monday when he announced that he would refuse to kneel for the national anthem during the upcoming season.

Tuitt, who is entering his seventh season in the league, said he could not dishonor the flag that represents the country that has given him and his family so much.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman became the only black NFL star to publicly distance himself from the anthem protests, according to Newsweek.

Those protests are expected to overtake the league when the season starts.

On Thursday, Tuitt expounded on why he will stand for his country’s flag in a post on social media.

“I stand for the flag because I am a proud American,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Like previously stated, this country has provided and rewarded my family in so many ways through our perseverance and hard work. I will continue to honor my country and be an example to my children to stand for what they believe in,” Tuitt said.

“In regards to police brutality and the black lives matter movement I will support these causes through other means. It’s unfortunate that a couple unprofessional individuals have caused such havoc on our country and damaged the trust of its citizens,” he continued.

 

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