Everyone across almost all of the major sports hit back at President Trump after he started a fight with the NFL on Friday. Everyone, that is, except for NASCAR.
Instead of following MLB, NFL, and NBA, the NASCAR owners all decided to stand together and say that kneeling is NEVER okay during the national anthem.
For instance, team owner and legendary driver Richard Petty let the media know he didn’t think Trump’s solution of firing went far enough.
“Anybody that don’t stand up for that ought to be out of the country. Period. If they don’t appreciate where they’re at … what got them where they’re at? The United States.”
Many of the other owners agreed that the kneelers should not be tolerated, although they didn’t seem to share Petty’s enthusiasm for total expulsion from the country.
When team owner Richard Childress was asked what he would do if one of his employees kneeled for the anthem, responded,
“Get you a ride on a Greyhound bus when the national anthem is over. I told them anyone who works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people have gave their lives for it. This is America.”
One thing is very clear from all these different owners. Anthem kneelers should be punished in some way by the organization since it is very disrespectful towards our fallen heroes.
In America, protesting and free speech are right guaranteed by our amazing Constitution. Still, that does not mean we should put up with people choosing the anthem of all things to kneel during. Shame on them and share this if y’all agree.
The “Star-Spangled Banner” was not protested by members of the NASCAR community during their Cup series race outside Concord, N.H. this weekend.
Part of the explanation may come from the strict warning several team owners gave in the wake of both comments by President Trump and exhibitions by NFL players.
NASCAR icon Richard Petty, a former driver and current team owner, told the AP that he wouldn’t accept any protest of our nation’s colors.
“Anybody that won’t stand up for the anthem ought to be out of the country,” he said. “Period.”
Additionally, longtime owner Richard Childress said that any driver or crew member protest will “get [them] a ride on a Greyhound bus.”Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave our lives for it. This is America,” Childress said.
An executive at Team Penske told USA Today that they currently have “no policy” on the issue because it has never come up for them.
To this day, most NASCAR races still start with an invocation from a local preacher, a rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and often a flyover from a local military installation.