Fan protests Steelers protest by painting swastika on team flag
A disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers fan upset over the team’s protest last Sunday during the national anthem protested the move by painting a swastika on Steelers flag and displaying it in his yard.
A red swastika is painted on a Steelers flag outside a home in West Deer Township, Pa.
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Anton Uhl, of West Deer Township, Pa., said the team’s decision to remain off the field during the anthem — save for Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former U.S. Army Ranger — was an insult to veterans like him. Specifically, Uhl blames the Rooney family, owners of the Steelers, for the protest.
“I’m upset the Rooneys didn’t want to participate in the national anthem so to me, they’re anti-American,” Uhl told WPXI-TV.
Uhl continued to blame the Rooneys for the protest, not the players.
“If they want to demonstrate, they have every right to do that. Out of uniform in a public forum, not in a uniform representing the Rooneys,” Uhl said. “My choice, I find it was upsetting not to have patriotic participation.”
Uhl insists he does not support Nazism despite utilization of the swastika, instead claiming the use of the Nazi symbol was to cast the Steelers organization as unpatriotic.
Uhl has since issued a statement to WPXI to say that he was “wrong” to paint the swastika on the flag and that it’s been taken down. However, the tone of Uhl refuses to apologize for the act.
“I want to tell your viewers that I was wrong in placing a Swastika on the Steeler’s Flag. The Flag has been removed,” Uhl wrote in the statement. “I’m not apologizing but should not have singled out just the Steelers. The Swastika, a symbol of Hate, should be worn by all the NFL players who do not stand for our Nation’s Flag and Anthem. If the players and owners want to demonstrate against President Trump and the disparity against races, then they should unite in uniform and march on Washington.”