Nobody is saying it WAS the reason. I said it was a distraction. And look at how the Steelers handled it. Villanueva issued an apology- not a defiant statement to the fans nor some ridiculous ultimatum about continuing to protest until he received an apology. The owner issued a statement that all players will be on the field standing respectfully DURING the anthem. And you Can keep hitting the “troll” button on me if that is your thing just because you disagree. Not my usual style but I’ve not encountered somebody who declares that to be their way over dialogue.