NFL player saying he won’t stand for national anthem just made a big flip-flop

What a difference a whole lot of backlash can make.

The country has been furious over the hate-filled anti-Americanism displayed by San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said he wouldn’t stand for our national anthem because the country is filled with racists and oppresses blacks. Soon after, at least one other NFL player announced that he too, would refuse to stand at attention for the playing of the national anthem… but now he’s made a major flip-flop.

Rookie Myke Tavarres, a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, was inspired by Kaepernick’s virulent anti-Americanism and announced he, too, would refuse to stand for “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Tavarres complimented Kaepernick for his “stand” against America and said it was a great way to start a conversation, as reported by the New York Post.

“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. We’ve got that right,” Tavarres said.

“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,” he added. “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.”

The young player said he has “nothing to lose” by joining Kaepernick in his hate for the U.S. and even said he didn’t care if a backlash would develop as a result of his actions.

“[It] needs to be done,”Tavarres said. “Will there be backlash? Probably. I don’t think anyone has bought my jersey yet, so I don’t know if it’s going to be burned, but it’s a major issue and I’m definitely going to stand my ground for this one.”

But all that was then. Now the young rookie appears to have changed his mind, according to

It appears that the backlash was a bit stronger than Tavarres anticipated.


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