It gets more bizarre by the day. Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews has stated that if a new rule requiring professional football players to stand during the national anthem is instituted, he will quit the NFL. Matthews made the announcement in a tweet, though quickly deleted the message. However, a screenshot was captured before the post was removed.
According to WSMV News 4, Matthews of the Tennessee Titans tweeted, “No I will be done playing football” in response to a question about what he would do if the NFL started requiring players to stand for the national anthem. Matthews tweet was quickly removed, but not before it was captured by Matt Parker of WSMV. Matthews Call joins about a dozen other players threatening they will quit if made to respect the flag and the nation.
The statement came from Matthews and others after reports that Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, may make standing for the national anthem mandatory based on a tweet from President Donald Trump that said, “It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”
Goodell stated that the league believes “everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” but hasn’t gone as far as to issue a mandate. He added that the NFL is considering creating an “in-season platform” that would give players a method for promoting their efforts regarding social justice.