The whole “kneeling for the National Anthem” protest ridiculousness sweeping the NFL hit a fever pitch over the weekend after President Trump weighed in on the matter.

Trump took to his favorite platform to reach people, Twitter, where he slammed those participating in this “movement,” calling them an obscene name. As a result, the players decided to stick it to the president by taking a knee in record numbers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers actually took things a step further, opting to not even come out of the locker room until after the anthem.

All except for one man, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva. This class act actually came out of the locker room and stood during our nation’s song, showing the cry babies in the NFL what real leadership and maturity looks like.

Guess how fans decided to reward him? By purchasing his jersey in record numbers.

via Fox News:

Villanueva, a former Army Ranger, has said he understands protesting racial inequality in America, but disrespecting the flag and the people who serve our country isn’t the most effective way to do so.

Many NFL fans were moved by Villanueva’s decision to stand for the anthem, and now sales of his jersey have skyrocketed on the website Fanatics.com.

Villanueva’s #78 jersey is now a top seller, alongside superstars like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Odell Beckham Jr.

Villanueva, who played college football at West Point, served three tours of duty in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor.

The lineman has played 35 games for the Steelers and recently signed a four-year contract worth $24 million back in July.

Mike Tomlin, head coach for the Steelers, was not too happy with Villanueva, stating he was “looking for 100 percent participation.”

Well, Too bad, Mr. Tomlin. You cannot force a player to go against their convictions and join your metaphorical spitting on the flag and all the men and women who served to protect your God-given rights.

These NFL players are absolutely out of touch with the American people, a fact supported by how low the ratings were last season and are likely to be this season now too. We don’t want politics mixed in with our football, and if these people can’t get that through their heads, perhaps the decline of their sport and livelihood will get the message across.

If you want to protest, fine. Do so on your own time and not in a way that disrespects and dishonors the sacrifice made by so many brave souls who put on a uniform and were willing to give it all to ensure our way of life is protected from terrorists and dictators around the globe.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any signs showing that these spoiled brat athletes get the point of why so many Americans are angry with them. They think it’s just some form of expression given to the oppression they wrongly believe they are fighting against.

Let’s hope these folks wake up to reality soon and drop the fake hashtag activism.

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