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Old 10-12-2017, 05:11 PM
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Rishard Matthews 'done playing football' if forced to stand for national anthem

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews appears to be absolute in his decision to stay inside during the national anthem, saying he is willing to give up his profession rather than being forced to change his protest over social issues.

On Thursday afternoon, Matthews was asked by Matt Parker, a local Nashville producer, via Twitter if he would continue to remain in the locker room during the anthem if the NFL created a rule requiring players to stand or face a penalty.

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

Matthews, who hit the field for the Titans' Thursday afternoon practice, quickly deleted the tweet. He was not available for reporters during locker room availability Thursday.

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. His protest was launched shortly after President Donald Trump's attacks toward NFL players who choose to protest. Matthews previously refrained from protesting in respect of his brother, but after Trump's comments, he said his brother would understand his intentions going forward.

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. Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and player leadership will attend league meetings next week to discuss how to progress on social issues and discuss the subject of protesting during the anthem in a larger scale.

The Titans remained in the locker room during the anthem before their Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Matthews, the Titans' leading receiver, has remained in the locker room alone during the past two games while the rest of the team stood for the anthem.

Tight end Delanie Walker said he received death threats after the Seahawks game after stating that fans who felt disrespected by athletes using their platform to protest don't have to come to games.

Last month, Matthews pledged to donate $75,000 to organizations that support oppressed communities. He has begun following the path of college teammate Colin Kaepernick, who led the charge of NFL players protesting racial injustice and police brutality in this manner.

"Moving forward, I don't want this to be a publicity stunt," Matthews told ESPN last month. "I don't want to take away from what the whole protest is about, which is oppression, police brutality and inequality in this country. I fully stand with my brother Kap, and I plan to continue to do that."

Matthews, who turned 28 on Thursday, is in the second year of a three-year, $15 million contract signed in the 2016 offseason.

"I'm tired of hearing, 'Stick to sports.' It comes down to right and wrong in this world," Matthews told ESPN last month. "If you see wrong and don't say anything, that's wrong. As minorities, what do you want to happen before we say anything? They tried to have a silent protest, and look what happened. It's your right to stand or sit down. You have that right, that freedom of speech, and you're not allowing that to happen."
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:18 PM
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If Mathews has been kneeling the entire time, but if he just started along with 90% of these idiots the shut the fuck up and good riddance.

The only guys that have a point IMO are the guys like Macolm Jenkins and the few others that have been kneeling for some time.

I don't want to hear from these sheep who just started after Trump.
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:19 PM
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:23 PM
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Agreed...if he only started last month, STFU. He didn't have a problem with it til it became an anti-Trump stance.
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:28 PM
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:28 PM
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Protests are over time to take real action bonehead.
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I don't mind they standing and hold their fist up, but I have a problem when they kneel or sit.
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:18 PM
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Agreed...if he only started last month, STFU. He didn't have a problem with it til it became an anti-Trump stance.
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:32 PM
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Most of these guys probably have no other skills. After a week at McDonald's and realize the work and pay difference, he will be begging to come back or slinging drugs downtown Nashville.
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Old 10-13-2017, 03:15 AM
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:06 AM
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:43 AM
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These guys are idiots. These guys that donít want Trump in Office are doing this kneeling bullshit and protests? It just makes Trump easily re-elected. Trump is being smart and letting these fools re-elect him😂.
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:53 AM
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Old 10-15-2017, 10:03 AM
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Just like all the libtards that were going to move to Canada. See ya.
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Old 10-15-2017, 10:45 AM
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Kneeling or not... none of you have a million dollars to give up for something you believe in.. so I find it funny you're so quick to put man down for his beliefs.. plus why is your president in twitter wars when the country is straight fucked, he aint done one thing he's promised.. but go ahead MAGA .. can't tell the ignorant nothing..
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Instead of making empty threats, a bigger statement would be if he actually followed through. Maybe others would join; Maybe not. But empty threats are what angry teenagers make.

And, if he was really passionate about his views on this, he'd be protesting on the streets like the thousands of blacks who are trying to make a difference for black people across the nation.
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Old 10-15-2017, 10:57 AM
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