Titans Receiver: Would Quit Over Anthem Rule, Deletes Tweet

Titans Receiver: Would Quit Over Anthem Rule, Deletes Tweet

Titans Receiver: Would Quit Over Anthem Rule, Deletes Tweet

Rishard Matthews, wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans, said he would quit professional football rather than stand, stay in the locker room, or pay a fine if the NFL imposes a rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem, WSMV-TV reported.

Matthews' tweet followed Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy vowing that there would be an "uproar" if players are forced to stand.

Matthews, who hit the field for the Titans' Thursday afternoon practice, quickly deleted the tweet.

Matthews' profile photo on Twitter is of his brother, Christopher Ruiz, a marine who died October 2, 2015 while serving in Afghanistan.

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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Once, the entire Titans team stayed in the locker room. His protest was launched shortly after President Donald Trump's attacks toward National Football League players who choose to protest.

A former college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, the free agent quarterback who first began protesting injustice by kneeling during the anthem last season, Matthews has also donated $75,000 to less fortunate communities. "I don't want to take away from what the whole protest is about, which is oppression, police brutality and inequality in this country".

"Having a brother (lose his life overseas) and growing up military, at first I looked at it as a disrespect thing to the military", Matthews told the Tennessean. As minorities, what do you want to happen before we say anything? Mularkey said he did not see it being an issue going forward.

Matthews said he doesn't stand by his statement "right now", but "hopes it doesn't get to that". "I take full responsibility, and that's why it went down right after, but somebody caught me with a screenshot".

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