Eagles LB Myke Tavarres plans to sit during anthem on Thursday

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Over the last few days, we’ve heard plenty of opinions from current players about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem in protest of the way people of color are treated and now we’ve heard one who says he plans to do the same before the final preseason game of the summer.

Eagles linebacker Myke Tavarres, an undrafted rookie out of the University of the Incarnate Word, told ESPN that he “will be taking a stand — or sitting down — for the fourth game” against the Jets this week. He said that people around the team know his plans and the Eagles had an “open forum” to discuss the issue during a meeting on Monday that reportedly saw Tavarres share his thoughts.

“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.”

Tavarres survived the Eagles’ cut to 74 players, but there’s another big one to go and he says he expects there to be some “backlash” for his decision. Whether that backlash would weigh into the Eagles’ decision or not, Tavarres added that “what’s at stake is my pride” and that outweighs any negative response that might come for his action.

46 responses to “Eagles LB Myke Tavarres plans to sit during anthem on Thursday

  1. Memo to Myke and Colin, You sitting during the national anthem does absolutely nothing to help the “oppressed” people you are supposedly standing up for.

    Why don;t you guys actually do something that makes a real difference. Put your money where your mouth is and donate game checks, or time, or both.

    Something like that could actually be respectable. A heck of a lot more than being disrespectful to the national Anthem.

  2. Because nobody has more leverage on an NFL team than an undrafted rookie from Incarnate Word.

    No offense to any alums from that school but seriously, when you see how some of these fringe players do everything possible to NOT make an NFL team, you wonder why they’re wasting everyone’s time and just wish they’d give their roster spot to someone who really wants it.

    OTOH he probably has some lawyer already on retainer ready to file a wrongful termination suit against the Eagles if they cut him. So it may be he knows EXACTLY what he’s doing.

  3. Dude should be cut immediately. Want to protest, hold your own little protest on your time; NOT team time, NOT while at WORK. And no I’m not required to respect your opinion…respect is earned not demanded.

  4. You guys are role models so instead of sitting down, how about go visit a youth center. just talk to a kid for like five minutes and you may have changed their life for the better. You know – inspired a youth to be a better person and make better decisions?

    Or you could just sit through the Nat’l Anthem – that will totally, work and change the landscape of social injustices.

  5. Will this guy even be on the roster on Thursday? This issue won’t gain traction until a superstar sits during the anthem, not some fringe player from Podunk-U.

  6. I sincerely wonder if either of those two (Colin, Myke) have any more than a cursory understanding of the depth of meaning and symbolism our flag represents. Impulsive and misguided, in my opinion. There are truly more effective and meaningful ways to make a difference that will offend no one and inspire many to positive change.

  7. Johnny says:
    Aug 29, 2016 4:08 PM
    I wonder if he agrees with kapernick’s use of the N word?

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    Really failing to see the correlation…..

  8. The only issue is people like you who make everything an issue. Criminals get hurt in the process of incarceration when they resist arrest- doesnt matter what color. Thats the issue, but god forbid we say “stop breaking the law! If you do then do NOT resist arrest and listen to the officer!”, that would be stupid of us. Lets get on the cops, who are trying to do their job and come home to their families and not get stabbbed or shhot by some criminal.

  9. Who?
    what are you, like 7th or 8th on the depth chart?
    i guess this about the only way to make a name for yourself. cause you won’t be on the Eagles roster in 1 week.
    And, Philly is called a blue collar town for a reason, pulling this stunt is a sure way to get a ticket out of town, you may as well get an escort..lol

  10. Why don;t you guys actually do something that makes a real difference. Put your money where your mouth is and donate game checks, or time, or both

    _______
    A) are you their accountant and know exactly how they spend their money and time?

    B) they just got about $100 million worth of media coverage for free to get this as a national conversation.

  11. Kaepernick signed a relatively big contract last year and obviously plans to live off that for the rest of his life.

    Tavarres better watch it, he’s not good enough or even perceived to be good enough to get a deal like that.

    IMO, both are selfish losers who should be cut ASAP, if not sooner.

  12. “Hey Ma! Top of the World” (reference for all from my generation). You want people to look at you; go to the Wall and look at the tens of thousands who died for the flag and what it represents. It’s not perfect – just the best country in the world. If you feel so strongly that you’re willing to sacrifice your career, dedicate your life to your cause. Pat Tillman did – he died for his beliefs. This kind of childish bombast is the unfortunate part freedom in America.

  13. To be able to make a statement shouldn’t someone need to be heard of ?
    I’ve never heard of this clown…. Seems he’s just looking for his 15 minutes of fame before he becomes a burger flipper at White Castle.

  14. Actually, this guy is probably more useful to the Eagles than Kaepernick is to the 49ers. Big difference is he doesn’t have $12 million coming his way whether he plays or not.

  15. “therealtrenches says:
    Aug 29, 2016 4:11 PM

    Oh boy…”Eagles are a classless organization” comments in 3…2…1…..”

    Don’t forget to blame the Philly fans too! Classless bunch who booed Santa Clause! I mean Santa Clause guys!!

  16. He may get cut before Thursday’s game and never get the chance to boycott the National Anthem. If not before, he’ll surely get cut after the game. Not because he would sit out the Anthem, but because there was no way he’s making the team anyway.

  17. NFL ALLOWS THIS DISRESPECT FOR OUR COUNTRY…

    NFL says No Tribute to our Fallen Police (Decals for helmets) in Dallas (Props to Jerry Jones for once)

    In St Louis, the “LIE” of Hands Up gets play, Fisher/Rams Owner a Hypocrite?

    The NFL continues to reveal their HYPOCRISY and we but into it…

    SHAME ON YOU COMMISSIONER…

    SHAME ON YOU MARA FAMILY…Serial Woman Abuser Gets No Response…

  18. I think it is time we see both of these for what they are, publicity stunts to try and prevent the respective teams from cutting them. Each of these guys were/are likely to be cut. Of course, if said team cuts them, there will be a segment that says it was because the team did not like the “actions”. What a crock…

  19. Maybe the guy should have kept his mouth shut until he found out whether or not he made the team. Now if it’s a decision between him and another guy, chances are it’ll be him. Not the brightest bulb in the pack. Now he’ll have plenty of time to effect the kind of change he wants since he’ll soon be unemployed.

  20. Kaepernick signed a relatively big contract last year and obviously plans to live off that for the rest of his life.

    Tavarres better watch it, he’s not good enough or even perceived to be good enough to get a deal like that.

    IMO, both are selfish losers who should be cut ASAP, if not sooner.

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    So which one is it? Wouldn’t selfish players sit back and say nothing in order to not jeopardize their careers and earnings? I mean what harm is done to anyone by Kap choosing not to stand during the playing of an anthem?

  21. People are forgetting that there’s a thing called freedom of speech, if u don’t want to stand. Then it’s his right not too, never seen a law saying u have too, that’s what’s wrong with this country, if u follow massa rules they’ll like u, stand up for a cause and they black ball u

  22. No clue who this guy is, will likely never hear of him again anyway after final cuts are made.

    Can this country do better when it comes to policing and minorities? Sure, things can always be better, nothing/nobody is perfect. But sitting down for the National Anthem accomplishes absolutely nothing. If they want change, then go talk to your local politicians, go protest peacefully in your spare time, go talk to kids who you want to be role models for and inspire them to make good decisions in their life.

    But sitting on your butt for 2 minutes wont do anything at all.

  23. Alienating a huge portion of the nation by insulting the flag and country is NOT the way to get your message out. Same as blocking highways isn’t the way to get your message out, all you’re doing is pissing people off and turning them OFF to your message.
    Find another way.

  24. this guy, from that hotbed of nfl talent UNIV of the INCARNATE WORD, mind you

    and an undrafted free agent to boot

    has some kinda balls to do something like this when he hasn’t even made the team yet

    the line between balls and stupidity is so fine that it is usually indistinguishable

    bye bye myke, you will never make it to 53

  25. This whole situation is odd. I don’t even know why we wrap our sports in this weird patriotic display in the first place. It’s like something leftover from a different time. Why exactly is patriotism even a good thing?

    to quote The Father of the American Revolution:
    The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.

  26. That’s nice. He can also sit next week when he is asking people if they would like that supersized. Give me a break fight the cause but respect your country. Right target but wrong arrow.

  27. To the 1st Amendment commenter/doof. Get a clue. The guy won’t get JAILED for speaking his mind, but he could get fired. THAT is how the First Amendment works. Insert facepalm here.

  28. Here is the key quoate: “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,”

    The real issue is that black culture has chosen to make excuses instead of accepting responsibility for themselves. The real issue is that black culture would rather be black than American.

    Black culture does not want to accept the truth and is not willing to do what it takes to be civilized.

    No country in the world has done more to support and enrich black lives than the USA.

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