In July 2022, the website The Dunning-Kruger Times published an article holding that Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin had forbidden his players from taking a knee in protest against social injustice before NFL games:
Steeler’s Mike Tomlin Says No More Kneeling On His Field: “You’re Athlete’s Not Activists”
Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has issued a mandate to all of his players for the upcoming season: there will be no kneeling on the field. Tomlin’s statement came as a shock to the team, since the Steelers have been the team with the largest number of unpatriotic kneelers since the crisis began in 2017.
Tomlin says he’s tired of people hating America and not being able to stand and recognize a song for 2 minutes once a week. “It’s just silly,” Tomlin told reporters, “I can’t stand seeing it.” Three other coaches confirm that Tomlin is vehemently opposed to kneeling on the field.
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In the past Tomlin has expressed support for his players who choose to kneel to protest social injustice. "Our position is simple: We're going to support our players and their willingness to participate in this -- whether it's statements or actions," he told reporters in 2020.
Patriot, Flagg Eagleton-. “Steeler’s Mike Tomlin Says No More Kneeling On His Field: ‘You’re Athlete’s Not Activists.’” Dunning-Kruger-Times.Com, 8 July 2022, https://box5884.temp.domains/~dunning2/dunningkrugertimes/steelers-mike-tomlin-says-no-more-kneeling-on-his-field-youre-athletes-not-activists/.
Strackbein, Noah. “Mike Tomlin to Support Steelers Who Protest National Anthem.” Sports Illustrated Pittsburgh Steelers News, Analysis and More, https://www.si.com/nfl/steelers/news/mike-tomlin-steelers-national-anthem. Accessed 5 Aug. 2022.