"As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week".
In Jack McInturff's letter regarding National Football League players kneeling, he mentioned that he'd written a similar letter, yet the same thing still is going on a year later. It was a stance started by Colin Kaepernick, but the protests became a national debate and an NFL wide phenomenon when president Donald Trump called protesting players sons of bitches.
Last month Matthews, whose father served 23 years in the Marines and whose brother was killed in action while serving in the same branch of the military, was asked about the athlete's role in discussing social issues last month.
Matthews announced September 28 he was donating $75,000 to a group of "organizations working in oppressed communities".
"Moving forward, I don't want this to be a publicity stunt", Matthews told ESPN last month.
Matthews, who turned 28 on Thursday, is in the second year of a three-year, $15 million contract signed in the 2016 offseason.
"I'm exhausted of hearing, 'Stick to sports.' It comes down to right and wrong in this world", Rishard Matthews told ESPN in September. "If you see wrong and don't say anything, that's wrong". "If you see wrong and don't say anything, that's wrong". Rather than directing anger to the fact that protests still are happening, think of why they're still happening. This is the kind of thing you would expect to find in totalitarian nations, but not in a free state.