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Owner: Steelers meant to avoid statement

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(TSX / STATS) -- Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II issued an open letter to the team's fans on Tuesday, two days after the club elected against taking the field for the national anthem.

"I want to reach out to you, the members of Steelers Nation, based on what I believe is a misperception about our players' intentions in not taking the field for the national anthem in Chicago," Rooney wrote in a letter that was published on the team's official Twitter account.

"The intentions of Steelers players were to stay out of the business of making political statement by not taking the field. Unfortunately, that was interpreted as a boycott of the anthem -- which was never our players' intention."

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