Titans Receiver: Would Quit Over Anthem Rule, Deletes Tweet

Titans Receiver: Would Quit Over Anthem Rule, Deletes Tweet

Titans Receiver: Would Quit Over Anthem Rule, Deletes Tweet

Matthews was asked on Twitter if he would continue to remain in the locker room during the anthem if the National Football League created a rule requiring players to stand or face a penalty.

Matthews' response Thursday to a reporter from his verified account was captured by a screen grab. Matthews, the Titans' leading receiver, has remained in the locker room alone over the past two games while the rest of the team stood for the anthem.

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The tweet has since been deleted.

"Worried about how fans will react, and how that will impact ticket sales, the league is reportedly looking at the possibility of a new rule requiring players to appear and stand for the anthem". President Donald Trump had tweeted the day before that players need to stand or be fired.

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"No, I will be done playing football", Matthews responded. 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".

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". The protests started after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling to protest police mistreatment of African Americans.

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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. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. "You have that right, that freedom of speech, and you're not allowing that to happen".

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