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

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews celebrates after a one-yard rushing touchdown by tight end Delanie Walker during the second half an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday Sept. 17 2017 in Jacksonville Fla. The T


The question was, "If NFL makes new rule on anthem will you still stay in locker room and face the fine/penalty?"

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews would rather retire from the NFL than be forced to stand for the national anthem.

"No, I will be done playing football", Matthews responded.

"In regards to the tweet I sent out, I'm a man, sometimes you make bad decisions at the wrong time, at that time I made a bad decision to tweet that out at that given moment", Matthews said Friday while sitting at his locker following practice.

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Last month Matthews, whose father served 23 years in the Marines and whose brother was killed in action while serving in the same branch of the military, was asked about the athlete's role in discussing social issues last month. 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".

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

After the President began to attack National Football League players about it, Matthews donated $75,000 to organizations doing work in oppressed communities. The receiver explained he didn't want his protest seen as a "publicity stunt". "I don't want to take away from what the whole protest is about, which is oppression, police brutality and inequality in this country".

Shortly after Kaepernick began to protest during the anthem, Matthews publicly criticized his former college quarterback, in part because of his brother.

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Matthews, who turned 28 on Thursday, is in the second year of a three-year, $15 million contract signed in the 2016 offseason.

"Let's hope it doesn't get to that", Matthews told the station. They tried to have a silent protest, and look what happened.

'I Will Forever Salute You, ' Matthews wrote in the caption.

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