Titans Receiver: Would Quit Over Anthem Rule, Deletes Tweet

Titans Receiver: Would Quit Over Anthem Rule, Deletes Tweet

Titans Receiver: Would Quit Over Anthem Rule, Deletes Tweet

Last night on twitter, Matthews was asked by a local Nashville producer, Matt Parker, if he would continue to remain in the locker room during the anthem if the National Football League went ahead with a rule requiring players to stand for the anthem.

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.

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.

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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Matthews said the issue of racial injustice and police brutality is "clear cut", and it does frustrate him when others criticize him for taking this stance, but he also notes the right of free speech and opinion is what makes this country great.

Once, the entire Titans team stayed in the locker room.

Since President Trump's September 23 criticism of NFL players' national anthem protests, Matthews has vowed to continue kneeling until the President apologizes. "I fully stand with my brother Kap, and I plan to continue to do that". The protests started after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling to protest police mistreatment of African Americans.

"Let's hope it doesn't get to that", Matthews told the station. As minorities, what do you want to happen before we say anything? "If you see wrong and don't say anything, that's wrong". It's your right to stand or sit down. "Because when you do that you're kind of saluting the military, I think".

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