Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Rishard Matthews tweets he's done if NFL makes national anthem rule

Rishard Matthews tweets he's done if NFL makes national anthem rule

Tennessee Titans' wide receiver Rishard Matthews told Matt Parker of WSMV that he would be done playing football if the NFL makes it a requirement for players to stand during the national anthem. 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.

The posting has since been deleted from Matthews' Twitter account, although a screen shot of it was saved by Paul Kuharsky, a writer who covers the team.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he could not comment because he learned of Matthews' tweet after practice and had not talked to the player yet. His protest was launched shortly after President Donald Trump's attacks toward National Football League players who choose to protest.

In recent weeks, players have refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial inequality.

The wide receiver was originally responding to reports of the NFL making it mandatory to stand for the national anthem. 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 protests started after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling to protest police mistreatment of African Americans.

Matthews, who turned 28 on Thursday, is in the second year of a three-year, $15 million contract signed in the 2016 offseason. "If you see wrong and don't say anything, that's wrong". They tried to have a silent protest, and look what happened.

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