Rishard Matthews will leave NFL if told to stand for national anthem

Ruben Hill
October 13, 2017

The NFL owners' meeting which is set to take place next week in New York City will be attended by representatives from the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) to discuss the ongoing national anthem protests. Matthews was not available Thursday after practice before the locker room closed to reporters.

US President Donald Trump, who has been vocal about his views on the protests, again added his weight to the issue.

Matthews, a sixth-year pro out of Nevada, deleted his tweet response to Parker, but not before the news producer saved it for the whole world to see. "We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues".

The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Wednesday saying that there has been no change to their stance on protests during the national anthem.

"Trump has made [standing for anthem] about patriotism", Ross said last Sunday.

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

The reaction to the memo was such at the National Football League and NFLPA issued a joint statement, with some members of the union due to be present at next week's owners meetings.

"Moving forward, I don't want this to be a publicity stunt", Matthews told ESPN last month. "I fully stand with my brother Kap, and I plan to continue to do that".

"I'm exhausted of hearing, 'Stick to sports.' It comes down to right and wrong in this world", Rishard Matthews told ESPN in September. "If you see wrong and don't say anything, that's wrong". They tried to have a silent protest, and look what happened. This is the kind of thing you would expect to find in totalitarian nations, but not in a free state.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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