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Rishard Matthews Would Rather Quit Than Be Forced To Stand

13 October 2017

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell previously announced that league owners will meet next week to address player protests, which is something President Donald Trump has implored the league to do for over a month.

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 National Football League created a rule requiring players to stand or face a penalty.

It was framed with Matthews' recent anthem protests in mind.

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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. The past two weeks, Matthews has stayed in there during the anthem and joined his team afterwards.

Matthews played four seasons with the Dolphins from 2012 to 2015. The Titans receiver has spoken out about how the National Football League protests have been hijacked by people focusing on the disrespecting the flag narrative.

Matthews announced September 28 he was donating $75,000 to a group of "organizations working in oppressed communities". The protests started after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling to protest police mistreatment of African Americans.

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

Matthews is from a military family.

'I Will Forever Salute You, ' Matthews wrote in the caption. 'Just shows you we still have a long way to go in this country, but I believe in this country and we'll eventually get it corrected.

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"I haven't spoken to him in a while, but hopefully he continues to do his thing and hopefully somebody will put all that other stuff aside and take a chance and bring him on their squad".

Rishard Matthews Would Rather Quit Than Be Forced To Stand