More NFL Players Say They Will Now Sit During The National Anthem As Well

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Colin Kaepernick made the decision to not stand during the National Anthem as a protest to the racial climate currently in the United States where he feels as if “black people” and other people of color are being oppressed.

The 49ers QB explained his actions Sunday saying, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder. This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”

After seeing and hearing Kaepernick’s actions and words, other NFL players seem to have followed. One of those specifically, Eagles’ linebacker Myke Tararres. The rookie said Monday he planned to join the protest and will refuse to stand during the national anthem.

“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,” Tavarres said. “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.”

“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,” he added. “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?”

Other players around the league have sided with Kaepernick’s stance and some may join Kaepernick’s stand by sitting.

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell has said he will allow his players to sit if so they chose, falling in the lines of what Chip Kelly touched up on when asked about his QB. Others like LA Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher have gone on record saying they requite their players stand during it’s playing.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Hey you America hating assholes – instead of flipping the bird at the country that allowed you to become millionaires, how about using your fame and fortune to make a difference? You guys are nothing but spoiled POS’s. As for the teams – if these America hating assholes like to sit so much – then oblige them! Make them sit during the whole game!

    • For Kaepernick that won’t be a problem, he may even be on his couch, or Jerry Jones’ by the end of preseason.

      That doesn’t make you any less of a stereotype tho. Keep on whitebread man, keep on.

      • What you think all people who mess up, end with the cowboys? Are you some kind of stupid? All teams have some who have messed up, not just the Dallas cowboys! Don’t get me wrong, I think kaepernick is a POS, but I don’t think Jerry Jones would take him!

          • Hahaha, not sure what makes you think I’m angry, it don’t get worked up over stupid things. I’m just saying all teams have someone who has messed up in one way or another

          • Lets see – ad hominem attacks, excessive punctuation… I’m sensing that there’s a serious rift between reality and your perception of it.

          • Sure. Whatever makes you feel like your right or winning. Maybe I just like punctuation!!!!!!!! Lol Have a great night, I’m not here for a power struggle

        • On second thought – is that even a valid comeback to your misplaced anger?!? Jerry Jones took in Greg Hardy and paid him millions. Jerry Jones drafted Randy Gregory. What evidence do we have that he wouldn’t take Kaep?

      • You couldn’t have pegged me more wrong. FWIW, I put Trump and his Trumpanzees in the “America hating assholes” club as well.

        • You can be liberal, libertarian, etc. and whitebread. This is Daily Snark, when did politics come into it? I was simply pointing out that you are repeating the generic response of most white people on the internet. I just wonder, were you this mad when Muhammed Ali refused the draft?

  2. It’s his right and his opinion and I respect that. As he will have to respect my right and my opinion to call him a POS communist. You better hope you turn out to be a good player Myke because you just limited your options after the Eagles. Luckily for you that terrible organization was the one you landed with because most aren’t going to give you a chance now. Good luck, if it doesn’t work out for you I hear Nigeria is nice this time of year.

    • He is speaking to certain injustices that youve seen play out…Dylan Roof alive and facing trial while all those black children and men that have been shot dead, no trial or nothing. The white stanford swimmer who got off with 1 month while same crime a black football player is going 20 years for. There appears to be an imbalance, anyone can see that. Come on man. Lets work together and not just pretend nothing is happening.

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