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".