Tennessee Titans’ Rishard Matthews Threatens to Quit if Forced to Stand For Anthem

Rishard Matthews is threatening to quit the NFL and the Tennessee Titans if he is forced to stand for the national anthem.  If you look at his career stats, it would be no big loss for the Titans or the NFL.  His announcement is not causing anyone but his creditors to shake in their boots.  It’s hard to imagine that he could do as well outside of football.

Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Yds/G Lng TD 20+ 40+ 1st FUM
2017 Tennessee Titans 5 20 284 14.2 56.8 55T 1 4 1 13 0
2016 Tennessee Titans 16 65 945 14.5 59.1 60 9 16 4 43 1
2015 Miami Dolphins 11 43 662 15.4 60.2 53T 4 10 4 31 0
2014 Miami Dolphins 14 12 135 11.3 9.6 23 2 2 0 9 1
2013 Miami Dolphins 16 41 448 10.9 28.0 29 2 7 0 26 0
2012 Miami Dolphins 8 11 151 13.7 18.9 30 0 3 0 7 0
TOTAL 70 192 2,625 13.7 37.5 60 18 42 9 129 2


From NBC:

Titans receiver Rishard Matthews threatened to quit if the NFL makes it mandatory to stand for the national anthem. Owners are expected to discuss the issue next week.

Matthews answered a tweet that asked: “If NFL makes new rule on anthem will you still stay in locker room and face the fine/penalty?” He tweeted, “No I will be done playing football.”

Matthews since has deleted the tweet, but Paul Kuharsky of paulkuharsky.com posted a screen shot.

Since President Trump’s Sept. 23 criticism of NFL players’ national anthem protests, Matthews has vowed to continue kneeling until the President apologizes. In the three games since, the Titans collectively stayed in the locker room once, and Matthews stayed in the locker room until after the national anthem twice.

A wide receiver who catches less than three passes a game and scores a TD once every four games does not sound like a serious threat to anyone but to the player himself.  Do you really believe that anyone is losing sleep over his threat to quit?  If this country would give me the opportunity to make millions as a mediocre receiver, I’d kiss the flag before every game and if you don’t believe me have some NFL owner call my bluff.


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