Rishard Matthews Would Rather Quit Than Be Forced To Stand

Doug Mendoza
October 14, 2017

A native of Jackson, Miss.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews would rather retire from the NFL than be forced to stand for the national anthem. Matthews was not available Thursday after practice before the locker room closed to reporters.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he spoke with Matthews about the tweet and the issue was being handled internally.

Matthews' profile photo on Twitter is of his brother, Christopher Ruiz, a marine who died October 2, 2015 while serving in Afghanistan. Matthews previously refrained from protesting in respect of his brother, but after Trump's comments, he said his brother would understand his intentions going forward.

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.

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Players, owners, and National Football League executives will meet next week to discuss the controversy, the National Football League said in a joint statement, adding that meeting will focus on "how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized".

Once, the entire Titans team stayed in the locker room. The Titans receiver has spoken out about how the National Football League protests have been hijacked by people focusing on the disrespecting the flag narrative.

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. The receiver explained he didn't want his protest seen as a "publicity stunt". "If guys wanna have, I guess you would call it, a peaceful protest, I don't think it's right to take that away".

"Let's hope it doesn't get to that", Matthews told the station. 'As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. They tried to have a silent protest, and look what happened.

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