Trump recently drummed up a lot of controversy as he publicly announced his belief that professional athletes who choose to kneel during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” should be immediately fired. Many professional athletes have chosen to take a stand against Trump’s words by doing the opposite of what the president would hope and took a knee during the national anthem.
Most of the owners of the various teams that Trump has personally attacked members of have shown nothing but support, encouraging their players to continue to kneel should they see it fit.
NASCAR owners, however, seems to be a little less understanding than the NBA and NFL team owners.
It was reported on Sunday that multiple team owners for NASCAR stated that they would in no way, shape or form condone their racers protesting during the playing of the national anthem.
Richard Petty, a former NASCAR champion, stated that members of his team would find themselves without a job if they dared protest during the national anthem. Petty is the owner of Richard Petty Motorsports. Petty stated:
‘Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem ought to be out of the country. Period. What got them where they’re at? The United States.’
Evidently, the threat of job loss worked. There were no reported protests as the national anthem played at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in New Hampshire.
Petty was not the only one instilling a fear of job loss into those on his team. Former NASCAR driver turned team owner, Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing stated that if anyone on his team attempted to protest they would “get a ride on a Greyhound bus.”
Richard Childress, a former driver who owns Richard Childress Racing, said any protests from his team members would “get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.”
‘Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.’
You can see some Twitter users responses to this news below, hint, they’re not happy.
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