‘Stand for anthem or get out of town’: NASCAR stands firm against #TakeAKnee

Monday, September 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

25 Sep, 2017

NASCAR owners are taking a firm stance against the ‘Take a knee’ anthem protests which escalated across the NFL in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s tweets on the issue on Sunday.

The gesture was started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last season as a demonstration against police brutality. Trump reignited the controversy on Friday when he said that anyone taking part in the demonstration should be fired.

While his comments caused a backlash among football players and team owners alike, the ‘Take a knee’ movement gained no traction in NASCAR where several owners said they would not condone drivers or staff taking part in the protests.

Richard Petty who co-owns Richard Petty Motorsports told the AP that anyone who refuses to stand for the national anthem should be forced to leave the country.

“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,”
Petty said.

Those sentiments were echoed by another owner, Richard Childress, who 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,” Childress said according to Yahoo sports.

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