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


For the Titans' last two games, Matthews has remained in the locker room during the anthem before running onto the field immediately after.

Matthews tweeted that he's "done playing football" if the NFL makes it mandatory for players to stand for the anthem, reports ESPN.

That being said, if the National Football League were to ever take it so far as to enact a rule demanding that players stand during the anthem, Rishard Matthews, for one, wouldn't be with it at all.

However, Matthews' father reportedly served in the Marines for 23 years, and his brother was actually killed in Afghanistan while working as a private defense contractor in 2015 after previously serving in Iraq.

The NFL and NFL Players Association 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.

The league will reportedly discuss a rule that would require players to stand for the national anthem, something that President Trump suggested earlier in the season.

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

Last month, Matthews pledged to donate $75,000 to organizations that support oppressed communities.

Shortly after Kaepernick began to protest during the anthem, Matthews publicly criticized his former college quarterback, in part because of his brother. The receiver explained he didn't want his protest seen as a "publicity stunt".

"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.

Matthews said he doesn't stand by his statement "right now", but "hopes it doesn't get to that". "You have that right, that freedom of speech, and you're not allowing that to happen".

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