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Titans WR Rishard Matthews to Wear Cleats With Message of Support for Colin Kaepernick

NFL players are allowed to promote charitable causes on their cleats this week. 

Titans receiver Rishard Matthews will promote Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp on his cleats this week. 

The NFL is once again allowing players to promote charitable causes on their cleats in Week 13, a program known as My Cause My Cleats. Some charities being promoted this season are the Lupus Foundation of America and American Diabetes Association. Matthews will use the opportunity to boost Kaepernick’s program for teaching youth about proper interactions with police. 

Like Kaepernick, Matthews has declined to stand on the field for the national anthem this season. He has stayed in the locker room during the anthem before nearly every game this season, with the exception of the day after Veterans Day, when he ran on the field with military personnel. His brother Christopher Ruiz was killed in Afghanistan in 2015. 

In addition to the protest, Matthews has donated $75,000 to “organizations working in oppressed communities.”