Rishard Matthews apologizes for tweet, calling threat to quit a “bad decision”

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Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews won’t actually quit if NFL owners make a rule requiring players to stand for the national anthem as he threatened in a tweet earlier this week. But he also vows to continue his stand, so to speak, against oppression and social injustice.

Not right now,” Matthews said, via Paul Kuharsky of paulkuharsky.com, when asked if he was serious about retiring. “Let’s hope it doesn’t get to that. I know the owners have got a meeting next weekend, so hopefully it won’t get to that.

“Sometimes people, as you all know, tweet some ignorant things out at some moments, and that was an ignorant thing I tweeted out at that given moment. I take full responsibility. That’s why it went down [was deleted], but somebody caught me with a screen shot.”

On Thursday, Matthews tweeted, “I would be done playing football,” when asked how he would react to the NFL enacting a national anthem rule.

Matthews reconsidered his threat, and a day later, called his tweet a mistake.

“I’m a man, and sometimes you make bad decisions at the wrong time,” Matthews said. “And at that time, I made a bad decision to tweet that out at that given moment.”

Matthews has stayed in the locker room during the national anthem since President Donald Trump’s criticism of NFL players’ protests last month. Matthews has become one of the more outspoken players about the protests, and announced Sept. 28 he was donating $75,000 to a group of “organizations working in oppressed communities.”

The receiver explained he didn’t want his protest seen as a “publicity stunt.”

“It’s not difficult at all,” Matthews said. “This whole situation, I’ve been telling people that it’s right in front of people’s eyes, but they refuse to be real about it. But it’s not affecting me and my life at all. But I’m just somebody that believes strongly in doing what’s right.

“It’s frustrating, but what can you do? But that’s why we’re so thankful to be living in this country. You’re entitled to your opinion without having any consequences, and it is what it is.”

46 responses to “Rishard Matthews apologizes for tweet, calling threat to quit a “bad decision”

  1. I wonder if Mr. Matthews understands that his playing in the NFL is the reason why he is able to donate $75,000 to organizations working in oppressed communities. He still seems to be saying that he might retire if the NFL makes a rule requiring that he stand for the national anthem. Is sitting out the anthem really more important than being able to donate all that money? What is he trying to accomplish? There are other ways to bring attention to his cause than to sit out the anthem, but these guys don’t seem able to come up with any other way.

    Like it or not, this anthem protest business is turning off a lot of people to the NFL. This is going to lose a lot of money for a lot of people and it will make a rule requiring players to stand inevitable. Why can’t they step back and look at the big picture and figure out a way to make your point without harming your employer?

  2. Not excusing anything, however at least he actually did something other than just kneeling or staying in the locker room.

    We keep hearing about the players aren’t doing anything more than their kneeling or sitting, and to be fair they are largely correct. So this guy actually put his money where his mouth is.

  3. “You’re entitled to your opinion without having any consequences, and it is what it is.”

    Really? Where do you live and do you ride a unicorn to work?

    You are indeed entitled to your opinion. And the consequences (if any) that come along with it – though you are free from the government imposing consequences.

  4. Well at least he recognized his mistake and owned up to it.

    How many people can even do that anymore?

  5. Most of these guys have no clue how expendable they are, and how quickly time passes us by.

    Wait til they turn 30.

  6. “You’re entitled to your opinion without having any consequences, and it is what it is”

    Um, no you’re not. Especially if you work for someone else.

  7. “Entitled to your opinion without consequences?!?

    Sure you are. As long as you don’t talk about them or act on them.

    When you start talking about them and acting on your opinions, especially on a hot-button national
    political topic, people will react and you have no choice but to live with those reactions. Because we have the very same rights you’ve chosen to abuse.

    If I went to a meeting with a huge client and told them that their company sucked, what do you think would happen??

    And here you are on a worldwide stage telling 2/3 – 3/4 of your fans that they suck.

    Brilliant move.

  8. Too bad he couldnt have made a bad decision at the right time. I can’t believe they talk so much about CTE – some of these guys are complete morons to begin with

  9. “But that’s why we’re so thankful to be living in this country.”

    If you are truly “thankful to be living in this country”, you should have been standing at attention for the anthem all along.

    Not waiting to be instructed to do it as you are right now.

    As others have mentioned – kudos for donating $75,000 to help “organizations working in oppressed communities”. But remember – the only reason that you were able to do that is because you are being paid handsomely to play a game.

    Without the NFL and it’s fans, you may never be able to do something like that again. And in your pity party about possibly having to do what you should have been doing all along, you threatened to quit.

    So why not try standing this weekend. It just might help you take that chip off your shoulder and you can continue getting paid for being a mediocre Wide Receiver in the NFL.

  10. I don’t even care anymore. Stand or kneel. Do whatever you want. It won’t bother me since my TV will be off while I’m outside doing yardwork. It’s got to get done, and unfortunately I don’t have people on my payroll to take care of these things.

  11. Why is it that these “oppressed communities” have no trouble whatsoever producing athletes, entertainers and government workers that can “achieve”, yet need additional resources so these same communities can produce students that can “achieve”?

  12. Players should just stay in the locker room and avoid the whole thing. I couldn’t care less if someone stands, sits, or kneels. People who want to show how patriotic they are have every right to sign up for military duty. Actions speak louder than words. If you feel that strongly about the military, don’t be a draft dodger, and go sign up today. Sign your kids up too.

  13. $75k against Matthews’ earnings this year is @1% which by comparison is substantively less than many of us who unlike him do not count charitable giving as part of our tax plan routinely contribute to charity. While I can appreciate the donation for it’s own sake it should be forgivable that the cynical part of me views it as a very small price to pay in order to be able to say he did more than talk and hide in the locker room. I also have to wonder just how far $75k will go toward eliminating conditions in “oppressed communities.” How will it be doled out? For instance will Havana being closer to the U.S. get more than Damascus or Pyongyang?

  14. It wasn’t too many years ago the NFL did not require teams to be on the field during the National Anthem. Although I would prefer seeing players on the sidelines standing for NA, I would be ok if the NFL returned to its prior policy. I’m tired of hearing and reading about this issue and I might resume watching NFL football.

  15. Oh Rishard, Trump was ready to capitulate and join the protesters on the sideline when he heard of your threat. But you blinked first, and now we’ll have to put up with him awhile longer.

  16. AKA “I got a call from my agent telling me I’m making a big mistake and should reconsider.”

  17. All those comment and throwing shade at Rishard Mathews may not know this but he lost a brother in Afghanistan 2015 serving the country. I think HE if anyone has a right to be on one knee during the anthem.

    He’s sacrificed for this country and to be insulted by the so-called leader of this country is an affront to his brother’s service.

    The absolute best thing about America is that we’re not forced to salute the flag. That’s the reason so many have given their lives for but many of you have forgotten that fact.

  18. All those comment and throwing shade at Rishard Mathews may not know this but he lost a brother in Afghanistan 2015 serving the country. I think HE if anyone has a right to be on one knee during the anthem.

    He’s sacrificed for this country and to be insulted by the so-called leader of this country is an affront to his brother’s service.

    The absolute best thing about America is that we’re not forced to salute the flag. That’s the reason so many have given their lives for but many of you have forgotten that fact………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    The fact is that this has nothing to do with the anthem or the Military in the players minds, and I believe them. This is about the hatred of police, general authority and whites

  19. For NFL players the “Workplace” is the stadium in which they play football. The employers get to set the Workplace rules. The rules say they should stand and respect the anthem. Defy the rules and you can be fired or severely disciplined. While Matthews may not be cut this year, he will never see the NFL field in the 2018 season. His career is over! He has defied his employers and like 99.9% of Americans will likely pay the price. By the way – what companies have contracted with him for endorsements? I bet Anheuser Busch, Proctor & Gamble and the US Military are ready to cancel its contract with the TV networks over this. The salary cap next year will reflect the “protests” which seems to be a visceral reaction to basic employment workplace rules (and the president). Good luck to the protesting players with finding a job that pays as well as the NFL. Never gonna happen.

  20. So this idiot says “he’s done” then looks at his contract of 15 million for 3 yrs & it comes out to $375,000 per yr for 40 yrs ( what most normal people work) and decided to donate .005% of his salary to “causes” Give me a break. I see that he lost his brother & that’s sad. But growing up during the Viet Nam war I never lost a family member, but a few of my classmates in High School died. And my son served in the Air Force in Afganistan & is still in the Air Force. We don’t care about the players wanting to make a game all about them. They are employees clear & simple. Can you imagine in a company telling the your boss that you are upset with the US & want to make a statement so you are going wear a Nazi Flag or a Antifa mask at work?? Just do your job or we will stop watching.

  21. moosejawman says:
    October 13, 2017 at 7:15 pm
    All those comment and throwing shade at Rishard Mathews may not know this but he lost a brother in Afghanistan 2015 serving the country. I think HE if anyone has a right to be on one knee during the anthem.

    He’s sacrificed for this country and to be insulted by the so-called leader of this country is an affront to his brother’s service.

    The absolute best thing about America is that we’re not forced to salute the flag. That’s the reason so many have given their lives for but many of you have forgotten that fact………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    The fact is that this has nothing to do with the anthem or the Military in the players minds, and I believe them. This is about the hatred of police, general authority and whites
    ———————

    You’re absolutely right, this has nothing to do with the anthem. Thank you for having some self awareness in recognizing that.

    But your are false thinking this has anything to do with hatred of police or white people. The players handed their grievances to Roger Goodell with specific examples of why thy’re taking knees. I do not recall hatred of police or white people as being one of them. Maybe you should spend a moment educating yourself as to the why instead making the ultimate assumption.

    I’m in a good mood, I’ll help you out a little. Per the memo:

    “Our focus has been to identify and place our efforts on the key areas of reform where our influence and support can make a meaningful difference in the community. Those include prioritizing Criminal Justice Reform and Police/Community Relations Engagement. Within those two areas that includes: police transparency/accountability, bail reform, criminalization of poverty, mass incarceration (mandatory minimum sentences, juvenile life parole) and Clean Slate Act, which also includes emphasis on diversion of funds towards community based programs, education and training. (More information below – see Addendum). Through Police/Community Relations & Engagement, we are working with grass roots organizations and police directly through various efforts to build trust within our communities and increase educational and employment opportunities.”

    I don’t recall anywhere in this statement where there is hatred of police or white people. Not all of us were brought up to not question authority. If that works for you fine, the rest of us free thinking people will not settle for the status quo.

  22. joetoronto says:
    October 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm
    Remember all those people who said they would leave the country if Trump won?

    Good times.
    —————————
    Remember when the president took an oath to serve the AMERICAN

  23. joetoronto says:
    October 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm
    Remember all those people who said they would leave the country if Trump won?

    Good times.
    —————————
    Remember when the president took an oath to serve the AMERICAN people instead of catering to just his base?

    Good times indeed.

  24. Don’t feel too bad Matthews, Al Sharpton had second thoughts about leaving the country when Trump actually won haha

  25. Honestly, never heard of him. I hope he is saving his money for his post career, which like most NFL players, is right around the corner.

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