Rishard Matthews said Monday he is retiring from the NFL after seven years in the league, but the nature of his announcement wasn’t warm and fuzzy.
The Saints released the 29-year-old receiver after the first presseason game, though New Orleans said Matthews walked away and left training camp.
Now it appears Matthews had some issues with the league, which he described had a culture of “fakeness” and “the brainwashing (and) dividing of culture for a small piece of jewelry” in an Instagram post.
“Rishard Matthews the football player No Longer Exist & it’s okay. In life regardless of the right or wrong decisions I’ve made,” he wrote. “I’ve always moved forward with the understanding that regardless of what I’m going through someone is going through something a s— ton worse than my bull—. For athletes it’s important to understand (sic) & Move the f— on.”
Matthews’ post also described how much players sacrifice on and off the field, only to be money makers and entertainment for other poeple.
“It was cool being a professional football player and getting to play a (kids’) game for work,” Matthews wrote, “I will always be a fan of the best sport in the world but for me that (kids’) game no longer exist(s).”
Matthews surprised many after he left the Saints’ training camp, with coach Sean Payton saying it was the receiver’s decision to walk away.
He signed with the Saints in June after a tryout at mandatory minicamp. He initially was selected by the Dolphins in the seventh round of the 2012 draft and joined the Titans in 2016, where he led the team in receiving yards that season (945) and the next (795). He also ranked second on the team in catches in 2016 (65) and third in 2017 (53).
He requested his release from the Titans last September and signed with the Jets the following month, but ended last season on injured reserve.