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

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews celebrates after a one-yard rushing touchdown by tight end Delanie Walker during the second half an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday Sept. 17 2017 in Jacksonville Fla. The T

The man who may be the best player in an NFL uniform says that the idea of the league forcing players to stand for the national anthem isn't the best.

Matthews, a sixth-year pro out of Nevada, deleted his tweet response to Parker, but not before the news producer saved it for the whole world to see.

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.

Matthews was not available on Thursday after practice before the locker room was closed to reporters.

Aaron Rodgers on possibility National Football League players forced to stand for anthem: "I don't think that's the best message of leadership from the top".

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The Titans remained in the locker room during the anthem before their Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Should be really interesting to if he ends up following through on his threat or not.

Last month, Matthews pledged to donate $75,000 to organizations that support oppressed communities.

"Moving forward, I don't want this to be a publicity stunt", Matthews told ESPN last month. 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.

Matthews, who turned 28 on Thursday, is in the second year of a three-year, $15 million contract signed in the 2016 offseason. Rather than directing anger to the fact that protests still are happening, think of why they're still happening.

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