This comes after NFL teams across the country began kneeling or staying in their locker rooms during the national anthem because of statements by President Donald Trump. Matthews was not available Thursday after practice before the locker room closed to reporters. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a memo Tuesday he believes players should stand when the song plays.
Earlier this month, the Seattle Seahawks and Titans stayed off the field during the anthem. Should be really interesting to if he ends up following through on his threat or not.
Matthews announced September 28 he was donating $75,000 to a group of "organizations working in oppressed communities". He has begun following the path of college teammate Colin Kaepernick, who led the charge of National Football League players protesting racial injustice and police brutality in this manner. The receiver explained he didn't want his protest seen as a "publicity stunt".
"I'm exhausted of hearing, 'Stick to sports.' It comes down to right and wrong in this world", Rishard Matthews told ESPN in September. "If you see wrong and don't say anything, that's wrong". They tried to have a silent protest, and look what happened. "You have that right, that freedom of speech, and you're not allowing that to happen".