NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews appears to be absolute in his decision to stay inside during the national anthem, saying he is willing to give up his profession rather than being forced to change his protest over social issues.
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.
Last month Matthews, whose father served 23 years in the Marines and whose brother was killed in action while serving in the same branch of the military, was asked about the athlete's role in discussing social issues last month.
Earlier this month, the Seattle Seahawks and Titans stayed off the field during the anthem.
Matthews announced September 28 he was donating $75,000 to a group of "organizations working in oppressed communities". The receiver explained he didn't want his protest seen as a "publicity stunt". 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. It should be worth noting that the players are peacefully protesting, though, and they aren't protesting the national anthem itself. It's your right to stand or sit down.