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

13 October 2017

A native of Jackson, Miss.

Players may have a decision to make in the near future regarding the act of kneeling during the anthem should the National Football League require all to stand during the anthem, and according to a report Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews has a good idea of what he'd do if a rule was put in place.

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After sending the reply, Matthews later deleted the tweet. This was the first Sunday after Trump made his comments.

The wide receiver was originally responding to reports of the NFL making it mandatory to stand for the national anthem. Owners are expected to discuss the issue next week.

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This comes after NFL teams across the country began kneeling or staying in their locker rooms during the national anthem because of statements by President Donald Trump.

Earlier this month, the Seattle Seahawks and Titans stayed off the field during the anthem. The receiver explained he didn't want his protest seen as a "publicity stunt". This is a movement that started as a protest against the prejudice and oppression many minorities in America face - especially as it relates to police brutality. "I fully stand with my brother Kap, and I plan to continue to do that".

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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. Rather than directing anger to the fact that protests still are happening, think of why they're still happening. This is the kind of thing you would expect to find in totalitarian nations, but not in a free state.

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