PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres has decided to join Colin Kaepernick in sitting out the national anthem. Tavarres' agent now says the linebacker will be standing Thursday night, and a statement is forthcoming.
Speaking to ESPN on Monday, Tavarres said he almost sat during the anthem ceremony preceding Saturday night's game against the Colts in Indianapolis, and he plans to follow through when the Eagles host the New York Jets in their preseason finale Thursday night.
"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."
Myke's agent tells Cory Williams FOX 29 Taavarres will be standing during the fourth game, and they will be releasing a statement Monday night.
Tavarre's decision comes on the heals of Colin Kaepernick's recent decision to sit down for the national anthem during the first three preseason games. Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress in America -- specifically when it comes to race relations.
Two days after he refused to stand for the "The Star Spangled Banner" before the 49ers' preseason loss to the Packers, Kaepernick insists whatever the consequences, he will know "I did what's right." He said he hasn't heard from the NFL or anyone else about his actions -- and it won't matter if he does.