Rishard Matthews 'done playing football' if forced to stand for national anthem

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews celebrates after a one-yard rushing touchdown by tight end Delanie Walker during the second half an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday Sept. 17 2017 in Jacksonville Fla. The T

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews celebrates after a one-yard rushing touchdown by tight end Delanie Walker during the second half an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday Sept. 17 2017 in Jacksonville Fla. The T

On Thursday, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews was asked how he would respond to the possibility of the NFL mandating players stand during the national anthem.

The veteran wide receiver has remained in the tunnel during the playing of the national anthem the past two weeks, per Jason Wolf of the Tennessean. His half-brother, who was killed in Afghanistan, served 10 years in the Marines and his father served 21 years in the Marines.

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to each of the 32 teams earlier this week in a bid to end quell the controversy surrounding the players' protest. Matthews previously refrained from protesting in respect of his brother, but after Trump's comments, he said his brother would understand his intentions going forward.

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. "I don't want to take away from what the whole protest is about, which is oppression, police brutality and inequality in this country".

Matthews, who turned 28 on Thursday, is in the second year of a three-year, $15 million contract signed in the 2016 offseason. "You have that right, that freedom of speech, and you're not allowing that to happen".