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

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 13, 2017

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews made it clear Thursday he will not stand for the national anthem nor will he allow himself to be forced to stand.

For the Titans' last two games, Matthews has remained in the locker room during the anthem before running onto the field immediately after. Matthews was not available Thursday after practice before the locker room closed to reporters.

After sending the reply, Matthews later deleted the tweet.

Trump has repeatedly criticized players and teams who kneel during the anthem to protest, saying that any players who refused to stand should be fired.

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to each of the 32 teams earlier this week in a bid to end quell the controversy surrounding the players' protest. "The players jointly decided this was the best course of action". Should be really interesting to if he ends up following through on his threat or not.

Last month, Matthews pledged to donate $75,000 to organizations that support oppressed communities. "I fully stand with my brother Kap, and I plan to continue to do that".

"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". As minorities, what do you want to happen before we say anything?

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