Americans spent the weekend hearing about or watching a number of overpaid athletes disrespecting our flag in an effort to stand in solidarity with an anti-cop movement that started when the now unemployed NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick started kneeling for the national anthem before the start of the game. President Trump called out the disrespectful athletes, suggesting that owners of NFL teams should fire the players who disrespect our flag. A handful of NFL team owners came out in support of their players who disrespect our flag as a way to protest law enforcement in our country. Not every owner of popular sports teams in America agrees with disrespecting our flag or our law enforcement. NASCAR owners Richard Petty and Richard Childress weighed in on the controversy, siding with President Trump and Americans who are grateful to be living in the greatest nation on earth…

Several team owners said they would come down hard on any drivers who did not stand during the national anthem. That included NASCAR legend Richard Petty, owner of Richard Petty Motorsports.

“Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country, period,” Petty said (via the Associated Press). “What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”

When Petty was asked if his drivers would be fired if they protest during the anthem as Trump called for, Petty emphatically said, “You’re right.”

Richard Petty Motorsports currently employs Bubba Wallace, who recently became the first black driver in a NASCAR race in over a decade.

Richard Petty and NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace

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Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing, also said he would not tolerate any drivers who do not stand during the anthem.

“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.”

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All drivers reportedly stood during the anthem prior to Sunday’s race in New Hampshire.

For entire story: Business Insider



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