Anthem Protesters Will Be Fired — NASCAR Owners

Anthem Protesters Will Be Fired — NASCAR Owners

Race cars are lined up before the NASCAR Cup Series 300 auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on September 24.

Since Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the anthem to protest police brutality and the treatment of African Americans in the 2016 season, only a handful of National Football League players kneeled during the anthem.

Earnhardt's tweet on the kneeling movement marks a split from the stance of NASCAR officials, who have said they don't want anyone in their organization to protest. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. More national anthem protests than had ever taken place before took place over the course of that day. Professional auto racing is the only sport Trump singled out on his Twitter feed as responding appropriately to his words about protests.

That reaction certainly got the attention of Trump, who tweeted his approval. France faced major blowback from sponsors after his endorsement.

Some even argued the protests that Donald Trump is enraged about is not even about the flag, but more so about racial injustice towards those of the black community.

On Monday, the retiring NASCAR superstar presumably voiced his support of NFL players who have offered silent protests during the playing of the national anthem.

Team owner Richard Childress said that if any of his staff would kneel for the national anthem, "It'll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus".

In a series of tweets, the president said that the issue is not about race, but "about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem".

"Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total)".

NASCAR icon Richard Petty, a former driver and current team owner, told the AP that he wouldn't accept the slightest protest of our nation's colors.

"Anybody that don't stand up for that ought to be out of the country".

The National Basketball Association is now on its off-season but several of the league's stars, including LeBron James, have strongly expressed support for the protests.

NASCAR, meanwhile, had several team owners say they would punish drivers who protested the anthem.

However, Andrew Murstein, also a co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, told ESPN he "wouldn't fire someone for expressing their feelings" but he disagrees with the demonstrating.

The Detroit native, who made headlines earlier this month for calling Trump a "white supremacist", said "but that Confederate flag is welcome anytime at NASCAR races #TheIrony".

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