Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews claims he will quit playing football should the NFL adopt a rule demanding players stand for the National Anthem.
Matthews was asked on social media if he would continue to remain in the locker room during the Anthem if the League created a rule requiring players to stand, or if he’d be willing to pay a penalty.
The Titans player took it a step further, saying he’d be willing to give up his job and presumably the three year, $15 million contract he signed with the team.
The tweet has since been deleted, but sports reporter Clay Travis posted a screenshot …
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 12, 2017
Remarkably, look a little closer at the image Matthews uses on his Twitter profile. That is a picture of his older half-brother, Christopher Ruiz, who was killed while serving as a retired Marine working as a private defense contractor in Afghanistan.
Ruiz gave his life for our nation, our flag, and the values espoused in our National Anthem. And Matthews is so hell-bent on disrespecting all of that, he’d walk away from the game that has made him a millionaire while having to sacrifice nothing.
Matthews once tweeted a Memorial Day message explaining the holiday was much more than barbecues and a day off.
“Truly the LAND of the FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!!” he wrote.
But it was President Trump’s comments ripping the NFL players for their lack of respect that turned Matthews toward being a ‘social justice warrior’ instead.
“Matthews previously refrained from protesting in respect of his brother,” ESPN reports. “But after Trump’s comments, he said his brother would understand his intentions going forward.”
Is Matthews serious, though? He deleted the tweet almost immediately, signaling second thoughts.
Sounds like the same people who said they’d leave the country if Trump got elected, they never left
— Ryan O’Neill (@ryan_oneilll) October 12, 2017
Seems like the player wanted to be a hardliner for an instant, then realized he might lose a significant amount of money by doing so. Taking a social justice stand shouldn’t be this hard.
And just in case you’re wondering what Matthews protest is truly all about, wonder no more. He started boycotting the Anthem only after Trump made a statement. It’s all about being anti-Trump, and has nothing to do with racial equality.
Here’s more proof:
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 2, 2017
Oh dear. Matthews might want to continue making his NFL salary because it’s going to cost a pretty penny to have that moment of regret scrubbed from his leg.
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