Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt started his “spill for Monday” tweets by saying “Stop letting the world masculinity blind you…If you need help talk to me I have over 80 percent of my wealth while helping my mother and created Financial securities for my kids and wife. I will not judge. I’m not secretive I will help.”

But it was his follow-up that caused a stir: “Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that. My grandmother was an immigrant from the Caribean and age worked her ass off to bring 20 people over the right way. She had no money and educated herself to be a nurse. She living good now.”

So far, Tuitt hasn’t received the same kind of backlash that greeted Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints quarterback who said kneeling was “disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.” Brees, who is white, was forced to apologize.

So far Tuitt’s tweet has received 62.2k likes and 13.6k retweets and comments, but not without criticism.

It’s not actually clear when and if the NFL season will be restarted and whether or not players will even be on the field when and if the national anthem is played.

On July 23rd, ESPN reported “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” traditionally known as the Black national anthem, is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game, and the league is considering a variety of other measures during the upcoming season to recognize victims of police brutality.

The song would be performed before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” – which would lead one to believe that one is actually the WHITE national anthem — or the anthem for everyone who is not Black.

Which seems like kind of a bad way to promote unity? But perhaps we’re naïve.

Speaking of unity…did you notice the Associated Press (AP) has changed its usage rules last month to capitalize the word “Black” when used in the context of race and culture.

However, it is not changing “white.” The AP said white people in general have much less shared history and culture, and don’t have the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color. Ohhhh. So they don’t deserve capitalization.

It will be interesting to see if Tuitt is going to be forced to walk back any of portion of his comments. Wanna place a bet?

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