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Titans receiver: Would quit over anthem rule, deletes tweet

13 October, 2017, 19:27 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews tweeted that he'd retire from football if he was forced to stand for the anthem

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".

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews will not stay in the locker room or pay a fine if the NFL makes a new rule requiring players to stand for the national anthem at games.

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.

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Earlier this month, the Seattle Seahawks and Titans stayed off the field during the anthem.

The NFL and NFLPA 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.

It was framed with Matthews' recent anthem protests in mind. Should be really interesting to if he ends up following through on his threat or not.

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After the President began to attack National Football League players about it, Matthews donated $75,000 to organizations doing work in oppressed communities. The receiver explained he didn't want his protest seen as a "publicity stunt". The protests started after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling to protest police mistreatment of African Americans. However, that changed after Trump referred to protesting players as 'sons of b******' during a speech in Alabama back in September.

Matthews deleted the tweet shortly after, but a screenshot had already been saved by the news producer. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. They tried to have a silent protest, and look what happened.

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