San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been all of the news since Friday and it’s not because of anything he’s done on the field. Instead, he has made headlines for refusing to stand for the national anthem saying he would not salute the flag of a country that oppresses black people. The fact is Kaepernick has made millions for being a below mediocre quarterback. His only consistency in recent years has been a deterioration of his performance on the field since his rookie year.
There was speculation by FOX Sports Insider, Jay Glazer, that Kaepernick, who lost his starting position to Blaine Gabbert, another terrible quarterback, would be cut by the 49ers before the end of the season and it would have nothing to do with his political stunt. Kaepernick is just not very good at football. Period. Could this looming possibility be the reason Kaepernick is suddenly taking a stand against what he is deeming as a ‘racist country’ that oppresses black people. (Note: Kaepernick is biracial. His white mother gave him up for adoption and his black father was never in his life. He was adopted by a white couple when he was a baby.)
It looks like Kaepernick has started a trend with yet another NFL player announcing that he will not stand for the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Myke Tavarres, a rookie free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles, has informed his teammates that he will not stand for the national anthem either, following Kaepernick’s lead.
According to ESPN, Tavarres let his intentions be known on Monday.
“In this situation, I’ve really got nothing to lose. 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?”
Maybe Tavarres is trying to make a name for himself off the field since he hasn’t been successful in doing so on the field in the NFL.
h/t Daily Caller
UPDATE – August 30, 3:30 pm Eastern: It looks like Myke Tavarres has had a change of heart regarding his initial announcement to follow the lead of America-hater Colin Kaepernick to not stand for the national anthem before games. His change of heart came after speaking with his agent, Corey Williams, who advised him to stand.
Tavarres released a statement about his decision to stand after all and apologized to Eagle Nation for being a distraction.
“I want to apologize for the distraction I’ve become to all of Eagle Nation. I feel passionate about racial issues going on in our country, and I thought that sitting during the National Anthem would bring more awareness to this issue and encourage more constructive discussion to find solutions, but I feel I only made things worse. I want to make change in this world, but sitting down during the national anthem just isn’t the best way to do it. With that being said, I do plan on finding a better way. I’m young, and I still have a lot to learn about saying and doing the right thing. For now, I will stay focused on football, but I will definitely look for opportunities to do what I can to prevent injustices. I am so blessed to be an American, and I just feel a responsibility to do what I can to make things better.”
His agent, Corey Williams, said, “He [Tavarres] plans on standing for the National Anthem. Myke does not want to be a distraction to the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Myke’s goal is and will always be to make the Eagles’ 53-man roster and help the team win a Super Bowl.”