Rishard Matthews says he'd quit National Football League if forced to stand for anthem

Rishard Matthews says he'd quit National Football League if forced to stand for anthem

Tennessee Titans player Rishard Matthews tweeted Thursday that he'll quit the NFL if the league implements a rule forcing players to stand during the anthem.

I am not an athlete and my employer does not require the playing of the national anthem or reciting of the pledge of allegiance at the start of my work day. 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.

If the NFL passes the rule and players actually leave the league as a result, the national attention - good and bad - will only continue to shine on an issue that the league is desperately trying to move away from.

I have heard a number of people maintain that National Football League players should protest on their own time and not on the job.

Matthews quickly deleted the tweet, but not before it was captured and re-posted by journalist Paul Kuharsky.

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Since President Trump's September 23 criticism of NFL players' national anthem protests, Matthews has vowed to continue kneeling until the President apologizes.

Matthews is from a military family.

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. "#ImWithKap All About The People Without A Voice!"

Matthews announced September 28 he was donating $75,000 to a group of "organizations working in oppressed communities". Matthews posted in a string of Tweets on October 5. As minorities, what do you want to happen before we say anything? "Love thy neighbor as much as you love yourself!"

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