President Donald Trump essentially decided to take on the NFL with his remarks on players protesting, and this past weekend we saw NFL players fight back — both on an individual and team level.
This has gotten bigger than perhaps anybody, even Colin Kaepernick, could have imagined. But one has to wonder how long the league can keep up such a high profile beef, especially if ratings and/or fan interest dips as a result.
For one player, though, it doesn’t matter what the rest of the league does. In fact, Tennessee Titans receiver Rishard Matthews has committed to kneeling during the National Anthem until Trump actually apologizes for what he said.
Frankly, there’s a very good chance that Matthews will be kneeling for the rest of his NFL career because Trump is not the type of person to apologize, and he’s definitely not going to admit he was wrong on an issue that has become the centerpiece of sports, culture, and even politics in the United States.
Remember, this is the very same person who once said that he’s never asked God for forgiveness, so how is Matthews supposed to hope for an apology?
He and his protesting colleagues will likely never get an apology from Trump so it will be interesting to see exactly how long they’ll stand their ground.
For what it’s worth, the Titans seem to be dedicated to their cause, as they were one of only three teams that decided to stay in the locker room and or tunnel area while the national anthem was being played this past NFL weekend.
(H/T The Spun)