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.
When asked by Nashville WSMV producer Matt Parker how far he is willing to go to stick to his beliefs, Matthews responded he'd rather no longer play football than be forced to stand:
After sending the reply, Matthews later deleted the tweet.
It remains to be seen if he plans on protesting this week:
Crazy they even allow this to happen! Then why was he kneeling the other week!! 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ https://t.co/RlEVjN7dOR
— Rishard Matthews (@_RMatthews) October 10, 2017
The wide receiver was originally responding to reports of the NFL making it mandatory to stand for the national anthem. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a memo Tuesday he believes players should stand when the song plays.
“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem,” he said. “It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues.”
The NFL had to then release a statement Wednesday clarifying what he meant. The memo was not announcing a policy change, it was simply Goodell's stance on the controversy: “As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together.”