Rishard Matthews Tweets He'll Quit NFL If Standing Is Mandated

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Matthews tweeted that he's "done playing football" if the NFL makes it mandatory for players to stand for the anthem, reports ESPN.

Matthews' tweet followed Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy vowing that there would be an "uproar" if players are forced to stand.

Titans receiver Rishard Matthews, who played at Nevada with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, answered a Twitter question Thursday about the subject with a simple, direct answer.

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.

The league will reportedly discuss a rule that would require players to stand for the national anthem, something that President Trump suggested earlier in the season.

Players, owners, and National Football League executives will meet next week to discuss the controversy, the National Football League said in a joint statement, adding that meeting will focus on "how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized".

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

"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".

And although he technically has not been kneeling, Matthews told ESPN: 'I plan to kneel until the president apologizes for the comments that he made, because I felt like those were very disrespectful comments'. '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. "If you see wrong and don't say anything, that's wrong". "Because when you do that you're kind of saluting the military, I think".

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