Another NFL player has decided he will not stand up for the national anthem.
Myke Tavarres, an undrafted free agent linebacker, told ESPN’s Tim McManus he had been thinking about and came to a decision to follow through during the fourth preseason game.
“I feel like with Colin Kaepernick, he’s doing a great job for standing up in what he believes in,” Tavarres said. “Most people may not like that, but that’s his opinion, he’s entitled to it, and I respect him for doing it.”
Kaepernick caused a stir when he stayed seated during the national anthem during the San Francisco 49ers third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. The 49ers released a statement supporting the quarterbacks right to speak his mind, but also expressing their support and belief in the importance of the national anthem. The NFL said in its statement “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”
Tavarres survived the first round of cuts and is hoping to make the Eagles, primarily as a special teams player. He also told McManus he isn’t worried about the backlash because of his tenuous status on the team.
“In this situation, I’ve really got nothing to lose,” Tavarres said. “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?”
The Philadelphia Eagles have not yet released a statement.