Players may have a decision to make in the near future regarding the act of kneeling during the anthem should the National Football League require all to stand during the anthem, and according to a report Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews has a good idea of what he'd do if a rule was put in place. The tweet in question has since been deleted. On Tuesday, facing intense criticism from fans and Trump, Goodell penned a memo to all 32 teams, sharing his belief 'that everyone should stand for the National Anthem'.
Trump, via Twitter, inaccurately posted that Goodell's memo ordered the players to stand for the national anthem, which the league quickly rebuked.
Earlier this month, the Seattle Seahawks and Titans stayed off the field during the anthem.
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A former college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, the free agent quarterback who first began protesting injustice by kneeling during the anthem last season, Matthews has also donated $75,000 to less fortunate communities.
Goodell also wrote the anthem debate will be a large topic of discussion at league meetings next week in NY. Matthews, the Titans' leading receiver, has remained in the locker room alone over the past two games while the rest of the team stood for the anthem. The receiver explained he didn't want his protest seen as a "publicity stunt". 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. It should be worth noting that the players are peacefully protesting, though, and they aren't protesting the national anthem itself. "I don't want to take away from what the whole protest is about, which is oppression, police brutality and inequality in this country". It's your right to stand or sit down.