Titans WR Matthews says he'll quit if forced to stand for anthem

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews tweeted that he'd retire from football if he was forced to stand for the anthem

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews tweeted that he’d retire from football if he was forced to stand for the anthem. More

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, 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.

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Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he could not comment because he learned of Matthews' tweet after practice and had not talked to the player yet.

Last month Matthews, whose father served 23 years in the Marines and whose brother was killed in action while serving in the same branch of the military, was asked about the athlete's role in discussing social issues last month.

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The protests by Matthews started following a torrent of criticism from President Donald Trump, who attacked players for not standing during the anthem. His protest was launched shortly after President Donald Trump's attacks toward National Football League players who choose to protest.

Earlier this week NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to the league's owners with regards to player protests during the national anthem, with some interpreting the memo as a sign that the league would put into place a rule that would require all players to stand.

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"There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues".

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