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    GREEN BAY San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernicks decision and rationale not to stand for the pre-game playing of the national anthem has raised questions about whether other NFL players will follow suit.Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy believes it may have the opposite effect.MORE: When politics meet sports”I would Jurrell Casey Jersey hope they would appreciate it more than they ever have, McCarthy told Sporting Newsbefore Tuesdays practice outside Lambeau Field. Any time you bring recognition to something as important as the national anthem, I think it would only heighten the importance that it brings to the National Football League and the way we honor our country.”After sitting for the national anthem prior to last Fridays home game against Green Bay, Kaepernick told NFL Media he would not show pride in a flag for a country that oppre ses black people and people of color.”Such a stance has become the talk of the NFL preseason and elicited a wide range of reaction from sports and mainstream figures that have ranged from support to criticism.Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told Sporting Newson Monday that he respects Kaepernicks right to di sent from participating in the national anthem ceremony but also doesnt Byron Bell Jersey view the stars-and-stripes in the same way.”To me, the flag represents the greatest ideals of the United States of America, not the worst,”Rodgers said. But different people look at different things and have different feelings about it. Thats what freedom of expre sion is all about.”Rodgers said the national anthem provides him a moment where I like to reflect and give thanks for the opportunity to do what Im doing, to be out on the field.MORE: Rodgers ditches filter in SN Q&A”I think about the men and women who served proudly and died in wars for that flag to be flown,”Rodgers continued. I think about the men and women in uniform right now who are out there protecting our freedom. Im filled with a lot of thanks and pride in those people.”McCarthy said he uses the time to pray and give thanks for our country, our flag and what it represents. And then Im always thinking about my family.”Like other NFL teams, McCarthy Warren Moon Jersey said Green Bay’s players are annually given instruction on the mechanics and the proper behavior that we want demonstrated during the national anthem in a program created a decade ago by director of research and development Mike Eayrs.Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres initially said he would join Kaepernick by sitting during the national anthem before Thursday nights home game against the New York Jets. Tavarres then reversed course on the advice of his agent.”I want to apologize for the distraction Ive become to all of Eagle Nation,”Tavarres said in a written statement posted on Twitter. I feel pa sionate about racial i sues going on in our country and I thought that sitting during the national anthem Nate Palmer Jersey would bring more awarene s to this i sue and encourage more constructive discu sion to find solutions, but I feel I only made things worse. I want to make change in this world, but sitting down during the national anthem just isn’t the best way to do it.”MORE REACTION: Rodney Harrison | Donald Trump | “Madden 17″Asked whether he expected all of his players to stand for the national anthem before Thursday nights preseason finale against Kansas City, McCarthy paused for several seconds before answering, “I gue s.”Pre sed further, McCarthy smiled and said, “I think we’re good.”Well see.Alex Marvez can be heard on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 7 to 11 p.m. ET Tuesday and Wednesday night.

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