Former Arkansas linebacker Myke Tavarres has decided to join San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protesting the national anthem, according to a report from ESPN’s Tim McManus.
Why? The Philadelphia Eagles rookie was prepared with an answer when asked on Monday.
“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, according to McManus. “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 McManus that he considered sitting the anthem out on Saturday night before the Eagles’ third preseason game, but instead chose to stand. He intends to follow through with sitting out the anthem ceremony during the pregame festivities of the Eagles’ final preseason game on Thursday.
“Oh, I thought about it. Believe me, I definitely thought about it,” Tavarres said of sitting Saturday night, according to McManus. “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.”
Tavarres was on the Arkansas roster in 2013, but transferred to Incarnate Word after becoming frustrated with a lack of playing time with the Razorbacks, according to a recent report from NJ.com.