NASCAR team owners threaten to fire employees who protest the national anthem

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In a move that deviates from the choice most other sports franchise owners and professional leagues have made, multiple NASCAR team owners made it clear they will not tolerate any kind of national anthem protests at events, according to USA Today.

Owner and former driver Richard Childress also said, "It'll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus".

Team owner Chip Ganassi said he liked "Mike Tomlin's answer", referring to the Pittsburgh Steelers coach who stood on the field as the vast majority of his players remained in the locker room.

Obviously, it is easier for NASCAR owners to stake out such extreme positions given the racial makeup of their sport and its fans.

Petty, a Hall of Famer driver himself, said "Anybody that don't stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country".

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Richard Petty, NASCAR's winningest driver, spoke out against the protests in the National Football League to The Associated Press. "I told them anyone who works for me should respect the country we live in".

After almost universal push-back against President Donald Trump's criticism of NFL players who protest during the national anthem, one sport is siding with commander in chief - NASCAR. "What got 'em where they're at?" So many people gave our lives for it.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b**** off the field right now, out, he's fired".

A representative for Team Penske told USA Today that they now have "no policy" on the issue because it has never come up for them.