OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres will be joining 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in sitting out the national anthem, he told ESPN on Monday.
"Oh, I thought about it. Believe me, I definitely thought about it," Tavarres told ESPN.com. "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."
This comes on the heals of Colin Kaepernick was observed not standing during the national anthem on Friday night.
"This stand wasn't for me," he said. "This is because I'm seeing things happen to people that don't have a voice. People that don't have a platform to talk and have their voices heard and affect change. I'm in a position where I can do that for people who can't."
Kaepernick also stated he plans on staying seated during the national anthem.
"I'll continue to stand with the people who ar ebeing oppressed. To me this is something that has to change. When I feel like there's significant change and that flag represents what it's supposed to represent... I'll stand."