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

In a letter to NFL team executives that was obtained by CNNMoney, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league needs to "move past this controversy" and the dispute "is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country".

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

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews made it clear Thursday he will not stand for the national anthem nor will he allow himself to be forced to stand.

Matthews had not been among the National Football League players who have protested police violence against minorities by sitting or kneeling during the anthem.

The Titans remained in the locker room during the anthem before their Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

In recent weeks, players have refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial inequality.

NFL players have been protesting police brutality against minorities by sitting, kneeling or raising a first during the national anthem since last season. Should be really interesting to if he ends up following through on his threat or not. 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.

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

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

"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". It should be worth noting that the players are peacefully protesting, though, and they aren't protesting the national anthem itself.

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