Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva covered up the name of the police shooting victim the team decided to honor all season, replacing it with the name of a military veteran who died while rescuing fellow soldiers from a burning vehicle in Iraq in 2005.
CBS Sports reported that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stood by Villanueva’s decision during a press conference on Tuesday.
“As an organization, and myself as the head coach of the organization, we’re going to support our players however they chose to participate and express themselves, or to not participate or not express themselves, as long as they do so thoughtfully and with class,” Tomlin said.
The Steelers collectively decided to honor Antwon Rose Jr. on the back of their helmets throughout the 2020-2021 season as part of the NFL’s social justice initiative. Rose, a black 17-year-old, was shot in the back by white police officer Michael Rosfeld after the teenager ran from a vehicle that