Earlier on Monday, rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres informed ESPN of his plan to sit during the national anthem before the Eagles game this week in an act of protest. According to Tavarres' agent Corey Williams, however, the undrafted rookie free agent won't be sitting after all.
UPDATE:Agent for @Eagles rookie Myke Tavarres tells me his client "Will stand for national anthem". Reversing what he said in @espn report— Chris O'Connell (@CoconnellFox29) August 29, 2016
Williams: "As a rookie, his goal is not to be a distraction for the Eagles. His coaches at Incarnate Word and I advised him to stand."— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 29, 2016
Williams: "Myke does not want to be a distraction to the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Myke's goal is and always will be to make..."— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) August 29, 2016
"...the Eagles 53-man roster and help the team win a Super Bowl."— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) August 29, 2016
Agent says that the #Eagles did not impact Tavarres' decision to stand at all or try to convince him. This is his own decision.— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) August 29, 2016
The Eagles released a statement from head coach Doug Pederson with respect to today's news.
Statement from Coach Pederson: We respect the national anthem, its history and our many freedoms as Americans that it celebrates. (1/2)— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 29, 2016
Coach Pederson: We also respect an individual’s freedom of expression. (2/2)— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 29, 2016