Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Rishard Matthews 'done playing football' if forced to stand for national anthem

Rishard Matthews 'done playing football' if forced to stand for national anthem

Matthews, the Titans' leading receiver, has remained in the locker room alone over the past two games while the rest of the team stood for the anthem.

When the Tennessee Titans' wide receiver was asked on Twitter yesterday whether he would remain in the locker room or face a fine if the NFL were to mandate that players stand during the anthem, Matthews bluntly tweeted back, "no, I will be done playing football".

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he spoke with Matthews about the tweet and the issue was being handled internally.

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

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"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.

NFL owners will meet next week and potential new protocols for the national anthem are expected to be discussed. "I take full responsibility, and that's why it went down right after, but somebody caught me with a screenshot".

A former college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, the free agent quarterback who first began protesting injustice by kneeling during the anthem last season, Matthews has also donated $75,000 to less fortunate communities.

"Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem", he said.

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Goodell went on to write that the league needs to "move past" the controversy surrounding player protests, adding that the issue will be addressed when the owners meet in NY next week.

Right now, National Football League rules say players should stand, but they're not required to do so.

On Wednesday, Trump claimed victory by praising Goodell for encouraging players to "honor our flag and our country" during the national anthem.

Goodell also wrote the anthem debate will be a large topic of discussion at league meetings next week in NY.

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