By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews says he made a bad decision on Twitter to threaten to quit football if the NFL institutes a new rule mandating players stand for the national anthem.
Asked Friday if he stands by that initial statement, Matthews says he hopes it doesn’t get to that knowing that NFL owners are meeting next week to consider changes.
Matthews quickly deleted the tweet Thursday before practice, but his comments had been caught by a screen grab .
One of the Titans’ starting receivers, Matthews has stayed in the locker room during the national anthem through the last two games in protest of President Donald Trump’s comments on NFL players. Matthews was not available Thursday after practice before the locker room closed to reporters.
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