Rishard Matthews Would Rather Quit Than Be Forced To Stand

Sheri Evans
October 14, 2017

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".

Talk of the possibility of a new rule increased when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement saying, "We believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem".

Since then, Matthews has remained in the locker room during the national anthem.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews threatened to quit the NFL if the league prevents him from protesting peacefully during the national anthem.

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

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

Matthews' profile photo on Twitter is of his brother, Christopher Ruiz, a marine who died October 2, 2015 while serving in Afghanistan. His protest was launched shortly after President Donald Trump's attacks toward National Football League players who choose to protest.

Tight end Delanie Walker said he received death threats after the Seahawks game after stating that fans who felt disrespected by athletes using their platform to protest don't have to come to games.

And although he technically has not been kneeling, Matthews told ESPN: 'I plan to kneel until the president apologizes for the comments that he made, because I felt like those were very disrespectful comments'. "If you see wrong and don't say anything, that's wrong". "That was an ignorant thing that I tweeted out at that given moment". "You have that right, that freedom of speech, and you're not allowing that to happen".

"We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us", the statement continued.

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