Rishard Matthews Tweets He'll Quit NFL If Standing Is Mandated

Jonathan Hernandez
October 14, 2017

In the three games since, the Titans collectively stayed in the locker room once, and Matthews stayed in the locker room until after the national anthem twice.

Rishard Matthews, wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans, said he would quit professional football rather than stand, stay in the locker room, or pay a fine if the NFL imposes a rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem, WSMV-TV reported.

"Sometimes people, as you all know, tweet some ignorant things out at some moments, and that was an ignorant thing I tweeted out at that given moment", Matthews said, according to ESPN.

Matthews' profile photo on Twitter is of his brother, Christopher Ruiz, a marine who died October 2, 2015 while serving in Afghanistan.

In recent weeks, players have refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial inequality. The memo was not announcing a policy change, it was simply Goodell's stance on the controversy: "As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week".

The Titans remained in the locker room during the anthem before their Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The league will reportedly discuss a rule that would require players to stand for the national anthem, something that President Trump suggested earlier in the season.

Last month, Matthews pledged to donate $75,000 to organizations that support oppressed communities. The receiver explained he didn't want his protest seen as a "publicity stunt".

Shortly after Kaepernick began to protest during the anthem, Matthews publicly criticized his former college quarterback, in part because of his brother.

"Let's hope it doesn't get to that", Matthews told the station.

"We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us", the statement continued. It's your right to stand or sit down. "I think it's gonna be an uproar if that is to happen because you're basically taking away a constitutional right to freedom of speech".

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