Titans WR Matthews on tweet: 'Bad decision'

From ESPN - October 13, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Titans receiver Rishard Matthews backtracked from his since-deleted tweet that he would be "done with football" if the NFL changed its policy to force players to stand for the anthem.

"In regards to the tweet I sent out, I am a man; sometimes you make bad decisions at the wrong time. At that time I made a bad decision to tweet that out at that given moment," Matthews said Friday while sitting at his locker following practice.

Matthews said he does not stand by his statement "right now," but "hopes it does not get to that."

The NFL and NFL Players Association released a joint statement Wednesday confirming that there has been no change to the policy that recommends, but does not require, players to stand for the anthem. Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and player leadership will attend league meetings next week to discuss how to progress on social issues and discuss the subject of protesting during the anthem in a larger scale.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he spoke with Matthews about the tweet and that the issue was being handled internally. Mularkey said he did not see it being an issue going forward.


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