Rishard Matthews says he'd quit National Football League if forced to stand for anthem

Esther Moore
October 14, 2017

Matthews, whose father served in the Marines and brother was killed in Afghanistan, has stayed in the locker room during the national anthem, ESPN noted.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews threatened to quit the NFL if the league prevents him from protesting peacefully during the national anthem.

He quickly deleted the tweet and was not available for reporters on Thursday.

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

The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Wednesday confirming that there has been no change to the policy that recommends, but doesn't require, players to stand for the anthem.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell previously announced that league owners will meet next week to address player protests, which is something President Donald Trump has implored the league to do for over a month.

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

Matthews announced September 28 he was donating $75,000 to a group of "organizations working in oppressed communities".

"I'm exhausted of hearing, 'Stick to sports.' It comes down to right and wrong in this world", Rishard Matthews told ESPN in September. "If you see wrong and don't say anything, that's wrong". The protests started after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling to protest police mistreatment of African Americans.

"Having a brother (lose his life overseas) and growing up military, at first I looked at it as a disrespect thing to the military", Matthews told the Tennessean.

"We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us", the statement continued. Mularkey said he did not see it being an issue going forward. "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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