Saturday, 21 October, 2017

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

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Kristopher Love | 13 October, 2017, 16:29

Matthews' response Thursday to a reporter from his verified account was captured by a screen grab.

The Titans stayed in the locker room during the national anthem in a September game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The tweet has since been deleted.

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.

Earlier this week NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to the league's owners with regards to player protests during the national anthem, with some interpreting the memo as a sign that the league would put into place a rule that would require all players to stand.

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

Whether or not Matthews actually follows through with his threat is still to be seen, and of course, that's assuming the National Football League passes a rule saying players must stand for the anthem, which may or may not happen.

Last month, Matthews pledged to donate $75,000 to organizations that support oppressed communities. The protests started after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling to protest police mistreatment of African Americans. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. It should be worth noting that the players are peacefully protesting, though, and they aren't protesting the national anthem itself. "You have that right, that freedom of speech, and you're not allowing that to happen".