Colin Kaepernick now has a fellow NFL supporter for his childish campaign to sit down while the national anthem plays at football games. Myke Tavarres of the Philadelphia Eagles is a rookie linebacker and told ESPN of this un-American nonsense just this week.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 29, 2016
“Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres has decided to join Colin Kaepernick in sitting out the national anthem. Speaking to ESPN on Monday, Tavarres said he almost sat during the anthem ceremony preceding Saturday night’s game against the Colts in Indianapolis, and he plans to follow through when the Eagles host the New York Jets in their preseason finale Thursday night.
“Oh, I thought about it. Believe me, I definitely thought about it,” Tavarres said of sitting Saturday night. “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.”
On Monday he released a statement in which he dedited to back out of his pledge saying,
“I want to apologize for the distraction I’ve become to all of Eagle Nation. I feel passionate about racial issues going on in our country, and I thought that sitting during the National Anthem would bring more awareness to this issue and encourage more constructive discussion to find solutions, but I feel I only made things worse. I want to make change in this world, but sitting down during the national anthem just isn’t the best way to do it.
With that being said, I do plan on finding a better way. I’m young, and I still have a lot to learn about saying and doing the right thing. For now, I will stay focused on football, but I will definitely look for opportunities to do what I can to prevent injustices. I am so blessed to be an American, and I just feel a responsibility to do what I can to make things better.”
Perhaps what he really means to say is, “hello, my name is Myke and I’m a rookie free agent with little leverage and power. No NFL team will want me if I sit down during the anthem because it’s bad press. Since I’m so new I can’t take the risk of losing my job so I’m backing out of my promise.”
Right about now he’s probably looking for his dignity.