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


Players may have a decision to make in the near future regarding the act of kneeling during the anthem should the National Football League require all to stand during the anthem, and according to a report Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews has a good idea of what he'd do if a rule was put in place.

NFL players were not required to be on the sidelines during the national anthem for games prior to 2009. Matthews, the Titans' leading receiver, has remained in the locker room alone over the past two games while the rest of the team stood for the anthem.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews runs a drill during the team's organized team activity at its NFL football training facility Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Matthews since has deleted the tweet, but Paul Kuharsky of paulkuharsky.com posted a screen shot.

Matthews grew up in a military household.

The protests by Matthews started following a torrent of criticism from President Donald Trump, who attacked players for not standing during the anthem.

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Matthews, whose father served 23 years in the Marines and whose brother, another Marine, died in Afghanistan two years ago, has been vocal in his stance against racial injustice and police brutality.

"Proud of My Brother @kaepernick7 for Sacrificing to begin a movement that is very much needed", Matthews posted to Instagram.

Last month, Matthews pledged to donate $75,000 to organizations that support oppressed communities.

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"It's very unfortunate that fans choose not to watch because players are exercising their rights!" "Just shows you we still have a long way to go in this country, but I believe in this country and we'll eventually get it corrected. Love thy neighbor as much as you love yourself!"