NASCAR has a long reputation for being the sport of patriots and the South.
So it comes as no surprise that, while professional athletes across several sports begin to join the Kaepernick coup, NASCAR isn’t having any of it.
This weekend saw dozens of NFL players (and some basketball and baseball) kneeling in protest over President Trump’s call for a boycott of the NFL.
But several NASCAR owners are already warning that any drivers or crew members caught kneeling will be summarily fired.
Quoth Richard Petty, “Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta’ be out of the country, period.”
That pretty much sets up the lines of demarcation.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
Several owners of National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) teams have claimed they will back Donald Trump’s suggestion that NFL players who protest the national anthem should be fired.
“Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta’ be out of the country, period,” Richard Petty, owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, told The Associated Press. “What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”
When asked if a protester at Richard Petty Motorsports would be fired, Petty responded, “You’re right.”
Meanwhile, Richard Childress, the owner of Richard Childress Racing, also revealed he would not tolerate any sign of disrespect.
“It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus,” Childress said. “Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”
The controversy follows comments from Donald Trump during a rally in Alabama on Friday, where he called on NFL owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired. He’s fired!’” Trump told his supporters.