Eagles Linebacker Myke Tavarres Is Standing With Colin Kaepernick by Not Standing Either

Myke Tavarres
Myke Tavarres

Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres is standing with San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick, who took a stand against the national anthem by sitting during the song. More specifically,  Tavarres is also taking a stand by sitting down during the anthem.

"Oh, I thought about it. Believe me, I definitely thought about it," Tavarres told ESPN. "And usually I'm front and center on the line with the rest of the guys, and that's since pre-K all the way up. Saturday's game, I stepped back, I was in the background, and it didn't feel right to me at all, and so I will be taking a stand—or sitting down—for the fourth game.

"We've got an issue in this country in this day and age, and I feel like somebody needs to step up and we all need to step up," he continued. "We've got that right. There's just a lot going on that people don't want to talk about, and I feel like us as athletes, we're looked at as role models. And I feel like with Colin Kaepernick, he's doing a great job for standing up in what he believes in, and most people may not like that, but that's his opinion. He's entitled to it, and I respect him for doing it."


Kaepernick could lose endorsements, but Tavarres' future with the team is still uncertain because he's a rookie free agent.

"In this situation, I've really got nothing to lose," Tavarres told ESPN. "I'm a rookie free agent, haven't signed any major contract, so there's not a lot of money on the line; I don't have any big endorsement deals on the line. Really, what's at stake is my pride and what kind of man would I be and what kind of African American would I be if I didn't stand my ground on this issue we have today?

"[It] needs to be done," he added. "Will there be backlash? Probably. I don't think anyone has bought my jersey yet, so I don't know if it's going to be burned, but it's a major issue, and I'm definitely going to stand my ground for this one."

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