NASCAR: National Anthem statement
Team owners were asked why taking a knee didn’t happen in NASCAR. Richard Petty and Richard Childress each made comments on the topic.
Richard Childress stated that if an employee of his did that then he’d, “Get you a ride on a Greyhound bus when the national anthem is over.”
Richard Petty continued the sentiment, “Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country.”
Those comments led Donald Trump to his his twitter device. The President stated, “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!”
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Now, NASCAR has issued a statement of their own.
“Sports are a unifying influence in our society, bringing people of differing backgrounds and beliefs together. Our respect for the national anthem has always been a hallmark of our pre-race events.”
“Thanks to the sacrifices of many, we live in a country of unparalleled freedoms and countless liberties, including the right to peacefully express one’s opinion.”
The statement was released a day after Trump’s comments directed at NASCAR.
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