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Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres is standing with San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick, who took a stand against the national anthem by sitting during the song. More specifically, Tavarres is also taking a stand by sitting down during the anthem.

“Oh, I thought about it. Believe me, I definitely thought about it,” Tavarres told ESPN. “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.

“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,” he continued. “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.”

Kaepernick could lose endorsements, but Tavarres’ future with the team is still uncertain because he’s a rookie free agent.

 

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