Pat Tillman’s Widow Releases Statement Saying Her Late Husband Fought For Freedom to Protest

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The recent wave of protests that kicked off in the NFL this past Sunday has sparked all sorts of opinions and hot takes from around the nation. One thing’s for sure, though—Marie Tillman will not be having anybody use her husband’s name in vein.

Marie, the widow of former Arizona Cardinals player and U.S. Army serviceman Pat Tillman, released a statement on Monday asking that her husband’s memory not be politicized. Marie Tillman told CNN’s Brian Stelter that she hopes President Donald Trump also sees her message and adheres to what she is saying.

Pretty much anytime patriotism and love for a country is being brought into question, people like Pat Tillman are used as a weapon to downplay others. That’s not what Marie Tillman wants.

Here’s her statement:

Tillman played four seasons for the Arizona Cardinals before leaving to enlist in the Army in 2002. He was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2004.

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