Colin Kaepernick really stepped in it with his blatant disrespect for our country and its flag, and it appears as if he sparked a trend among his fellow competitors in the NFL.
Now another player has come out with his own bold announcement about the National Anthem, but he seems to have forgotten a major detail that isn’t going to play out too well for him.
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mike Tavarres said he’s not going to stand for the playing of our “Star Spangled Banner” at his next preseason game, following in the footsteps of America’s most loathed player, Kaepernick. ESPN reported that he mulled the idea at his last game, and apparently seeing the “courage” from Kaepernick was enough to get him to make the plunge.
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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.”
Kaepernick has created a national conversation for opting not to stand for “The Star Spangled Banner” this preseason because of his views on the country’s treatment of racial minorities.
Lovely. Another “oppressed” athlete with the potential of making millions of dollars speaking out against being “oppressed.”
It’s almost as if these guys are living in some sort of alternate reality. But I digress.
Tavarres might think he’s making some sort of bold stand, but he also seems to have overlooked an important detail in all of this.
He’s an unsigned rookie competing for a position. If he causes too much trouble, there’s no way any team is going to sign him, much less the one he’s trying to earn a spot on now. Just ask Kaepernick, who’s reportedly about to be cut from the 49ers.
These guys really need to think their decisions through a little better.