The battle over NFL stars taking a knee during the national anthem has kicked into high gear in recent days after President Donald Trump said that players who refuse to stand during The Star Spangled Banner should be fired.
But while some NFL owners and players pushed back against Trump over the weekend and defended the right to kneel, it seems some leaders from another sport took a very different stand.
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For instance, NASCAR team owner Richard Childress had some tough words for anyone who might protest the national anthem at a racing event; he told USA Today exactly what he’d do in response.
“Get you a ride on a Greyhound bus when the national anthem is over,” Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing, said. “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.”
And Childress isn’t alone. Richard Petty, another team owner, echoed these comments — but took it even further.
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— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 25, 2017
“Anybody that don’t stand up for that ought to be out of the country. Period,” he said. “If they don’t appreciate where they’re at … what got them where they’re at? The United States.”
But legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed to take a different stand, tweeting, “All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK.”
So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won't put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
The back and forth is continuing, with Trump doing anything but quieting down about the issue. He tweeted support for NASCAR on Monday morning, saying he’s proud of the sport as well as “its supporters and fans.”
“They won’t put up with disrespecting our country or our flag,” he wrote. “They said it loud and clear!”
The latest controversy, which led NFL players to take a knee in protest on Sunday, comes after Trump issued some tough comments about players who refuse to observe 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 b**ch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired,'” he said. “You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”