Rishard Matthews says he'd quit National Football League 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

For the past two Titans' games, the veteran wideout has remained in the team's locker room during the anthem.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews would rather retire from the NFL than be forced to stand for the national anthem.

However, Matthews' father reportedly served in the Marines for 23 years, and his brother was actually killed in Afghanistan while working as a private defense contractor in 2015 after previously serving in Iraq.

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter published this week that players should stand during the anthem, although the anthem it is not mentioned in the National Football League rulebook.

USA Today reported Goodell had criticized statements Trump made on the National Football League during a September campaign rally in Alabama, calling them "divisive" and showing a "lack of respect".

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.

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By the time the locker room opened to the media on Wednesday, a good portion of the players had headed to their cars. According to Jones, players can not succumb to peer pressure and "need consequences".

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Matthews announced September 28 he was donating $75,000 to a group of "organizations working in oppressed communities".

"Moving forward, I don't want this to be a publicity stunt", Matthews told ESPN last month.

Shortly after Kaepernick began to protest during the anthem, Matthews publicly criticized his former college quarterback, in part because of his brother.

"I'm exhausted of hearing, 'Stick to sports.' It comes down to right and wrong in this world", Matthews told ESPN last month.

"We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us", the statement continued.

Matthews said he doesn't stand by his statement "right now", but "hopes it doesn't get to that". "I think it's gonna be an uproar if that is to happen because you're basically taking away a constitutional right to freedom of speech".

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