*So much for Philadelphia Eagles undrafted linebacker Myke Tavarres stated intention to follow Colin Kaepernick‘s lead and sit out the national anthem before Thursday’s NFL preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field.
If you missed it, earlier today (08-29-16) Tavarres told ESPN that he planned to sit during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner before the game. Later today however, his agent, Corey Williams, said that his client changed his mind.
It doesn’t take too much to figure out what happened to Tavarres, an undrafted linebacker out of the University of the Incarnate Word, to change his mind. It’s simple. He was convinced by Williams as well as former college coaches to reverse his stance, reports Mike Garafolo of NFL.com.
Williams: “As a rookie, his goal is not to be a distraction for the Eagles. His coaches at Incarnate Word and I advised him to stand.”
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 29, 2016
Tavarres told ESPN on Monday that he had “thought about” sitting out the anthem last Saturday before the Eagles played the Colts in Indianapolis. But he added that on Thursday he would definitely do it.
“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,” Tavarres told ESPN. “And so I will be taking a stand — or sitting down — for the fourth game.”
Tavarres then added:
“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 told ESPN Monday. “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.”
Tavarres told ESPN that he was hoping to survive roster cuts and make the Eagles’ 53-man roster as a special teams contributor.
“In this situation, I’ve really got nothing to lose,” he 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.”
On the other hand, after having said that, after his agent and college coaches got to him, he wimped out and backtracked.