Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

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

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

Matthews' stance came in response to a question via quitter that asked: "If NFL makes new rule on anthem will you still stay in locker room and face the fine/penalty?"

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews runs a drill during the team's organized team activity at its NFL football training facility Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

Earlier this week NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to the league's owners with regards to player protests during the national anthem, with some interpreting the memo as a sign that the league would put into place a rule that would require all players to stand. This was the first Sunday after Trump made his comments.

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

Goodell also wrote the anthem debate will be a large topic of discussion at league meetings next week in NY. Should be really interesting to if he ends up following through on his threat or not. He has begun following the path of college teammate Colin Kaepernick, who led the charge of National Football League players protesting racial injustice and police brutality in this manner.

"I'm exhausted of hearing, 'Stick to sports.' It comes down to right and wrong in this world", Matthews told ESPN last month. Why is it anti-American to exercise the right of free speech, while many drape themselves in the flag hypocritically while trying to deny others the freedom to exercise that right?

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