NFL player vows to quit football if made to stand for anthem

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The NFL Tennessee Titans’ wide receiver Rishard Matthews was asked by a Twitter user what he would do if he was required to stand for the playing of the national anthem Thursday. In a since-removed tweet, Matthews stated he would be “done” with his football career under those conditions.

Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage asked Matthews if the NFL makes a new rule on the anthem — rumored to potentially require standing during the anthem — would he simply stay in the locker room during the song, or take the fine/penalty and kneel.

In response, according to a screenshot of the tweet captured by Travis, Matthews wrote: “No I will be done playing football” (see below).

The deletion of the tweet left Twitter users wondering if Matthews had any real intention of walking away from his NFL career if he’s not allowed to protest.

Mathews signed a 3-year, $15-million contract in March 2016, in a deal that included a $2.5 million signing bonus. He’s set to receive $5 million each year, with $10 million remaining for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Other users compared the threat to celebrities who vowed to leave the country if Donald J. Trump was elected president, then didn’t follow through.

The Marine pictured in Matthews’ profile pic is reportedly his half-brother, Christopher Ruiz, who died in Afghanistan in 2015.

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