NASCAR owners warn teams: Anthem protests could get you fired
Unlike their NFL and NBA executive counterparts, NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series team owners did not support those within their organization to protest during the national anthem before Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Richard Childress team owner of drivers Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard and longtime car owner of Dale Earnhardt, said any protest of the anthem will "get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.”
"Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America," Childress, a NASCAR Hall of Famer said, via the Associated Press.
President Donald Trump's controversial remarks Friday, calling national anthem protesters in the NFL "sons of b—" and saying they should be "fired," have sparked anger among NBA and NFL players this weekend. Trump said Sunday that standing with locked arms during the anthem is fine but kneeling is not acceptable.
Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty and current team owner of the No. 43 Cup Series team of Aric Almirola agrees with Trump.
“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," Petty said, adding that any protester within his organization would be fired.
“If they don’t appreciate where they’re at … what got them where they’re at? The United States.”
Veteran motorsports owner Chip Ganassi said he agreed with “Mike Tomlin’s answer,” to the anthem controversy. The Steelers coach stood on the field Sunday in Chicago as the majority of his players and staff remained in the locker room.