Titans Receiver: Would Quit Over Anthem Rule, Deletes Tweet

Rishard Matthews #18 of the Tennessee Titans breaks a tackle against D'Qwell Jackson #52 of the Indianapolis Colts

I am not an athlete and my employer does not require the playing of the national anthem or reciting of the pledge of allegiance at the start of my work day. The tweet in question has since been deleted.

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

Rishard Matthews is fully committed to his decision to stay inside during the national anthem, stating that he would rather quit football than be forced to change his protest over social issues. 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.

"As a team, we wanted to be unified in our actions today. Our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn't be misconstrued as unpatriotic".

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The league and NFL Players Association issued a joint statement Wednesday in which it said the two sides will huddle during the upcoming league meetings.

Since Trump tweeted about the NFL's plans, they have come out with a statement disputing the claim. He's going to be out of a job that pays millions simply because he won't stand for the anthem.

In fact, one player feels so strong about what his protest stands for that he'd be willing to leave the league.

NFL players were not required to be on the sidelines during the national anthem for games prior to 2009.