San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked a national discussion when he refused to stand for the national anthem as a sign of protest to stand with people of color being oppressed in the country.
In the days since Kaepernick’s statement came out, there has been mixed reaction with people supporting his decision and others trashing the quarterback as “disrespectful” or “un-American.”
Now, Kaepernick has someone ready to join his cause.
On Monday, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Myke Tavarres told ESPN that he will be joining Kaepernick’s protest and will not stand during the national anthem.
“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,” Tavarres said. “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.
“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?”
During his final year at the college level, Tavarres recorded 110 tackles and also recorded 8.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles — which led his team, University of the Incarnate Word, and the Southland Conference.
The NFL does not require players to stand for the national anthem, so could we see more players in the future coming out to join the protest and really begin a movement in the National Football League?
We will have to wait and see as the season draws nearer, but it is clear that this conversation isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and that was the goal of Kaepernick’s initial statement. He has already inspired at least one other player to join his cause.
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