Last night on twitter, Matthews was asked by a local Nashville producer, Matt Parker, if he would continue to remain in the locker room during the anthem if the National Football League went ahead with a rule requiring players to stand for the anthem.
"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", Matthews said, according to ESPN.
Titans receiver Rishard Matthews, who played at Nevada with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, answered a Twitter question Thursday about the subject with a simple, direct answer.
"Having a brother (lose his life overseas) and growing up military, at first I looked at it as a disrespect thing to the military", Matthews told the Tennessean.
Matthews announced September 28 he was donating $75,000 to a group of "organizations working in oppressed communities". "I think it's gonna be an uproar if that is to happen because you're basically taking away a constitutional right to freedom of speech". President Donald Trump had tweeted the day before that players need to stand or be fired.
'It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY, ' Trump tweeted. "We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players".
The league has since issued a statement emphasizing that the issue is still being discussed and that standing during the anthem is still not mandatory. 'As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week.