Rishard Matthews 'done playing football' if forced 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

On Thursday, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews was asked how he would respond to the possibility of the NFL mandating players stand during the national anthem.

The posting has since been deleted from Matthews' Twitter account, although a screen shot of it was saved by Paul Kuharsky, a writer who covers the team.

Earlier this week NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to the league's owners with regards to player protests during the national anthem, with some interpreting the memo as a sign that the league would put into place a rule that would require all players to stand. His half-brother, who was killed in Afghanistan, served 10 years in the Marines and his father served 21 years in the Marines. Matthews previously refrained from protesting in respect of his brother, but after Trump's comments, he said his brother would understand his intentions going forward.

The Titans remained in the locker room during the anthem before their Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The veteran wide receiver has remained in the tunnel during the playing of the national anthem the past two weeks, per Jason Wolf of the Tennessean.

Matthews announced September 28 he was donating $75,000 to a group of "organizations working in oppressed communities".

"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. It's your right to stand or sit down.

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