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Take A Stand During The National Anthem

Collin Kaepernick started the fight and now Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres has decided to join the fight….sorta.


This is the first of a few quotes I will pull from an ESPN article by Tim McManus published earlier today when he talked to Tavarres. “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.” He was talking about his teams fourth preseason game when they host the game against the New York Jets this Thursday.

Tavarres went on to say, “In this situation, I’ve really got nothing to lose,” he 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?

Agent“[It] needs to be done. 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.”

Only now, there is a problem. The Eagles and Tavarres’ agent Corey Williams called a press conference. “He plans on standing for the National Anthem,” Tavarres’ agent, Corey Williams, said in a statement Monday. “Myke does not want to be a distraction to the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Myke’s goal is and will always be to make the Eagles 53-man roster and help the team win a Super Bowl.”

 Asked if he advised Tavarres to change his stance, Williams replied: “Yes, I did.”
MikeTavarresI have to say that it was good representation, and a great spin on the obvious issue at hand. But, I also must say it is different for an established player such as Kaepernick to protest something when he is guaranteed millions of dollars even if he is cut by his team tomorrow; versus a rookie in Tavarres who is guaranteed nothing if his team cuts him tomorrow.

“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 agree with everything in that quote. However I have lost respect for a rookie that until today I never heard of in Myke Tavarres by not taking a stand…….or I guess taking a seat.

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