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Rishard Matthews plans to make Colin Kaepernick statement with cleats

30 Novembre 2017

The Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews has chosen Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp as the cause he is supporting this year.

National Football League players will take part in the " My Cause, My Cleats" campaign this week, wearing cleats that support their favorite causes and charities.

Matthews' cleats have "COLIN" written on one side and "KAEPERNICK" on the other, include the iconic cartoon image of the kneeling, afro-wearing QB on one toe, and the Know Your Rights Camp logo on each heel.

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The campaign encourages players to wear customized cleats designed in collaboration with artists that reflect their commitment to charitable causes.

Kaepernick filed a grievance accusing NFL owners of collusion back in October, and tensions are still high regarding the ongoing protests throughout the league. Opponents of the protests have called them unpatriotic, disrespectful and poorly timed. He has remained in the locker room during the anthem for almost every Titans contest since Week 2, with Week 10 being an exception as Matthews wanted to show respect to the military on Veterans Day weekend. The only exception was Week 10, which coincided with Veterans Day, so Matthews elected to be present the anthem.

Matthews' story is notable because he is the son of a longtime Marine and brother of a Marine who died in Afghanistan two years ago.

Rishard Matthews plans to make Colin Kaepernick statement with cleats