Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Rishard Matthews tweets he's done if NFL makes national anthem rule

Rishard Matthews tweets he's done if NFL makes national anthem rule

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews said on Twitter that if a new rule is enforced, he's calling it quits.

Matthews answered a tweet that asked: "If NFL makes new rule on anthem will you still stay in locker room and face the fine/penalty?"

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

Matthews deleted the tweet shortly after, but a screenshot had already been saved by the news producer.

The protests by Matthews started following a torrent of criticism from President Donald Trump, who attacked players for not standing during the anthem. He's going to be out of a job that pays millions simply because he won't stand for the anthem.

In fact, one player feels so strong about what his protest stands for that he'd be willing to leave the league. In the memo, obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Goodell stated that the league believes "that everyone should stand for the National Anthem", and that "the controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues".

The Titans remained in the locker room during the anthem before their Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

NFL players have been protesting police brutality against minorities by sitting, kneeling or raising a first during the national anthem since last season.

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

"I'm exhausted of hearing, 'Stick to sports.' It comes down to right and wrong in this world", Rishard Matthews told ESPN in September. "If you see wrong and don't say anything, that's wrong". But Matthews told the Tennessean in May that he had changed his stance on the protests. "You have that right, that freedom of speech, and you're not allowing that to happen".

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