NASCAR team owners comment on football players taking a knee
So why doesn’t this happen in NASCAR? Because you’d be taking the bus back home.
RCR: What would Richard Childress do for an employee that kneels? “Get you a ride on a Greyhound bus when the national anthem is over. I told them anyone who works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people have gave their lives for it. This is America,” the NASCAR team owner responded.
Petty: “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,” Richard Petty stated in comments reported by the AP.
Penske: “It’s an issue we’ve never faced and don’t anticipate facing,” stated a rep for Team Penske.
Donald Trump responds to NASCAR team owners
“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!,” Donald Trump tweeted this morning.
So what happened here? Here’s the summary of events and comments from the US President.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired,’ ” Trump stated during a rally on Friday.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend! NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S,” Donald Trump set off from his twitter device yesterday.
The NFL took a knee in London yesterday for an oversea’s football game as fans elected to turn off their television sets. This time, the whole team took a knee, it was likely a direct response to the words from President Trump.
“Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!,” Donald Trump tweeted after seeing the act.
“Well, I think the owners should do something about it. I think it’s very disrespectful to our flag and to our country. So, I certainly think the owners should do something about it. There was great solidarity. I watched a little bit. I was not watching the games today. Believe me, I’m doing other things,” Donald Trump continued his discussion as reporters approached him before boarding his jet.
“I watch a little bit. I will say, there was tremendous solidarity for our flag and for our country. I think it’s very disrespectful to our country. I think it’s very disrespectful to our flag.”
“We have a great country. We have great people representing our country. Especially our soldiers, our first responders and they should be treated with respect. When you get on your knee… And you don’t respect the American flag or the Anthem, that’s not being treated with respect. This has nothing to do with race. This has to do with respect for our country.”
Meanwhile, the Star-Spangled Banner went on without a scene at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Anything else going on?
We don’t cover other sports on here too often. Nor do we cover politics. However, since the window is open…
Donald Trump also recently rejected a visit from the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
“While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited,” the Golden State Warriors issued in a statement on September 23rd.
“Please to inform that the Champion Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL will be joining me at the White House for Ceremony. Great team!,” Donald Trump tweeted a day after the announcement from the NBA champions.