The NFL is pushing back against Trump’s scolding of its players who disgracefully disrespected our flag. And people across the country are pretty steamed as well. But the latest fire is coming from another legend of a popular American sport. Richard Petty of NASCAR has weighed in on the subject and he’s steamed, too.
CBSsports has the story:
NASCAR, however, continued business as usual. When Marine Corps Veteran Daniel M. Clark sang the famed “Star-Spangled Banner”, it appeared no drivers, crew members or other team members participated in any form of protest. NBCSN continued to show shots of fans in the stands waving American flags while driver Brad Keselowski sang the lyrics alongside his daughter.
… Richard Petty, NASCAR’s winningest driver, spoke out against the protests in the NFLto The Associated Press.
“Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country,” Petty exclaimed. “What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”
… Owner and former driver Richard Childress, who has two drivers (Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman) currently contending in the NASCAR playoffs, also chimed in on the situation.
“It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus,” said Childress of the NFL protests. “Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”
How long before the NFL figures out there are plenty of big league sports for fans to patronize? Will they never learn? America is becoming great again, and that doesn’t include dissing the flag.