An NFL player who stated he would retire before he allowed the league to force him to abandon his protest against police brutality is being attacked by racists online for hating the military — despite the fact that members of his family have died in combat serving the U.S.
Thursday, Tennessee Titans’ wide receiver Rishard Matthews told Matt Parker of WSMV that he would be “done playing football” if the NFL makes it a requirement for players to stand during the national anthem.
According to the Tennessean, Matthews’ father served in the military for 23 years and his half-brother, Chris Ruiz, was killed in action in Afghanistan — but this didn’t stop racists from accusing him of hating the military, with one writing, “I and other war veterans will honor your brother and father forever. You need to get a grip on what they sacrificed for you.”
Matthews, who attended the University of Nevada at Reno — the same college as ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the protests — announced his decision on his Twitter page that features a picture of his late half brother.
You can see the tweets below:
PLEASE QUIT..SO MANY MORE DESERVING PEOPLE DESERVING OF A PLAYERS INCOME! Y NOT FAMILY'S OF EX-MILITARY MEMBER'S FIGHTING 2 EARN A LIVING !!
— Compelled (@annointed812) October 13, 2017
@_RMatthews I and other war veterans will honor your brother and father forever. You need to get a grip on what they sacrificed for you.
— Lee 69-70 (@lynn_leekee48) October 13, 2017
You’re disrespecting my Marine Corps with that profile pic! Every Marine brother I know is boycotting the NFL & Advertisers!
— Tom Kazansky (@TomKazansky4) October 13, 2017
Hahahahaha what an idiot, of course he isn’t serious – would never be able to get a real job other than flipping burgers!
— Dave Dooney (@DaveDooney) October 13, 2017
Titans Rishard Matthews tweeted Thursday that he’ll quit NFL if forced to stand during the anthem. Bye, Rishard. Walmart is hiring.
— Robert E. Waring (@Robert_Waring) October 13, 2017
I hear you will quit if forced to stand for our pledge of allegiance? I dare you
— Janet (@janet_stamos) October 12, 2017
— Im a Linda too (@ImaLindatoo) October 13, 2017
Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
— Robb Spear (@wrenchslinger76) October 13, 2017
also, Richard, where did U steal that photo, Ur no Marine, U bring shame to my Corps, Marines have respect, honor, & integrity, U don't
— Patrick Chesbro (@ptc54) October 13, 2017
Just play please, wrong way to fight for your cause, and this is a great country full of opportunities for all races and creeds, got to work
— Simon Hudson (@Simontheentrepr) October 13, 2017