NASCAR owners threatened to fire drivers and other team members who might protest the national anthem.
The Associated Press broke the news Sunday afternoon during the NASCAR Cup series race in Loudon, New Hampshire.
The AP reported in part:
Richard Childress, who was Dale Earnhardt’s longtime team owner, said of protesting, “It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.” Childress says he told his team that “anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”
Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty’s sentiments took it a step further, saying: “Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”
When asked if a protester at Richard Petty Motorsports would be fired, he said, “You’re right.”
That’s a much different tone than what the NFL has taken, which is to essentially do nothing but embrace the protests.
It’s a stark contrast between the two organizations when it comes to response, especially after dozens of NFL players protested during their Sunday games.
The only player on the entire Pittsburgh Steelers roster to come out for the national anthem was former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva.
The AP also reported there hasn’t appeared to be any protests during NASCAR events thus far.
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