NASCAR Team Owners Say They Won't Tolerate National Anthem Protests

Tyler Durden's picture

In a stark variation from scenes of protest observed during performances of national anthems at today's football games, the AP reports that no drivers, crew or other team members participated in a protest during the national anthem to start the NASCAR Cup series race Sunday in Loudon, New Hampshire. It adds that several team owners and executives said they wouldn’t condone "anyone in their organizations" protesting during the anthem amid ongoing protests by sports players at football and baseball games in the latest feud involving president Trump, suggesting that this latest form of protest is split along cultural and geographic lines.

Richard Childress, who was Dale Earnhardt’s longtime team owner, said of protesting, “It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.” Childress said he told his team that “anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.

Hall of Fame driver and former NASCAR champion Richard Petty took it one step further, and told the AP that “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.” When asked if a protester at Richard Petty Motorsports would be fired, he said, “You’re right.”

The sentiment, however, wasn't uniform and at least one team owner, Chip Ganassi- member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America - said he supports Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s comments. Tomlin said before the Steelers played on Sunday that players would remain in the locker room and that “we’re not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.”

The comments from the NASCAR owners come as numerous NFL players and owners took part in protests at games across the country after Trump on Friday slammed players who kneel rather than stand during the U.S. anthem. "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now,'" Trump said during a Friday rally. "'He is fired.'"

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vortmax's picture

Looks like I know what I'll be watching Sundays this fall. 

SilverRoofer's picture

Fuck all of the over paid athletes in the NFL nba mlb or any other sport for that matter

How many Knee grows race cars? Enough said

I don't care what race you are if you disrespect the national anthem or the flag where you are truly blessed to be a part of and live get the fuck out plenty of others will gladly take your place that is evident on how many are here with out paperwork as it is

Kaiser Sousa's picture

Blah,blah, blah European immigrant...

El Oregonian's picture

Well, well, well. NASCAR surely has become a breath of fresh air. God bless them.

jcaz's picture

The military spends a fair amount of money in Nascar- smart business by these owners  .

The military also spends MORE money in the NFL- not smart business by these owners.

I'm OK with halting my tax dollars to both of these organizations,  but NFL first.

Stuck on Zero's picture

NASCAR drivers probably have a 30-40  point IQ edge over NFL and NBA players.

MillionDollarButter's picture

Ok, can NASCAR have a moment of silence before each race to protest black on white violence?

BLM gets to pretend that they are the victims?  Fuck you!

HenryKissingerZuckerberg's picture

hu, there is not enough diversity in the NASCAR racers !

they need to have their fair share of lesbians and black muslims, too


Common_Law's picture

I don't get the big deal even here on zh. Let's sing a song to show how much we support murdering people. 

Fuck the song and fuck the murderers you people paid to kill a million or so civilians. 

antidisestablishmentarianismishness's picture

You're surrounded by dumbass meatheads.  Do you get it now?

Big Hugh's picture

If you're so goddamned smart, how did you let yourself be surrounded?

Scuba Steve's picture

He thought it was a faggot bukkake ...

wrong muthafukka.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

It's just a proxy issue for the racial divide, since it's not politically correct yet for White people to admit their identity.

It may be hard for a Libertarian living in an atomized bubble to see that.

The MIC is really not the issue here.

techpriest's picture

Being a libertarian, my take is only that the government doesn't have the right to use violence if the NFL thumbs its nose at Trump, but does nothing else. However, if everyone stops watching the NFL, they go out of business, then its the NFL leadership's fault for being dumbasses for turning a sport into a divisive political rally.

In all honesty, I hope this leads to the destruction of any perceived duty of blacks to serve the Democratic Party. IMO that is where this is coming from.

Finally, I work in the scientific/research space, and for now I'm working on ways to get science and education out of the university, so that we can turn research back in the direction of building healthy communities independent of national hucksters. We each need to be doing something, and not letting the progressives get away with ruining our government, education systems, companies, religion, and even pastimes.

Offthebeach's picture

We have, and will, do it for free.


bigkahuna's picture

It is nice that some organizaton had the steel to speak out. If they can kneel on the Star Spangled Banner, I can tell them to get fucked. It IS the 1st Amendment is it not? No hard feelings - they can insult the anthem and I can tell them to get fucked. Sounds fair to me.

Rockatanski's picture

i still remember their stance on the confederate flag though. that was bullshit.

NoPension's picture

NASCAR is a privately owned organization. The France family runs a tight ship. They know their audience, and what got them to where they are.

To paraphrase Bill Sr ( rip)...

" it's our sandbox, and we make the rules...if you don't like it...find someplace else to play "

Not only is the anthem played or invocation blessing the event, fans and participants starts the show. I'm not a religious man...but I find it very refreshing...and respect those who have those views.

NukeChinaNow's picture

Ack, ack, ack African Import...

logicalman's picture

They know their audience.

No risks being taken here, just an agenda.

Nascar, total 'engine heads', not likely to have sophisicated views of the world, given they have their heads up an exhaust pipe.

Whoop dee doo, a bunch of cars repeatedly going around an oval track.

Can't see any sense or entertainment in the whole thing.

If you think you are 'blessed' to live in the home of the slave, land of the fee, you have to be stupid or insane.


jcaz's picture

LOL- yeah, because football is such a Mensa sport......

Lot of engineers in Nascar,  not so many in NFL-  I think I'll take my spec biz to the roundy-round guys first.......

But hey- if I ever need to learn to dance like a chimp on coke when I make a play,  I'll tune into the NFL again.

techpriest's picture

Also, anyone who organizes an event for thousands of people, with live media, knows that you can't have ignoramuses there.

Seems someone is showing his hate for people who live differently, and who occasionally do things out in the mountains that would offend their fragile sensibilities.

NoPension's picture

You can't get a job sweeping the floor in a NASCAR garage without an engineering degree.

It's very little wonder....the demographics of that " sport ".

logicalman's picture

I was in no way suggesting that football is a Mensa sporrt, you did that.

Televised sports are just distractions.

Personal sport is very different, challenging yourself is something everyone should try.

I'd agree regarding the fact that Nascar has the redeaming quality of interesting engineering.

I think you missed my point, but maybe I wasn't clear enough.

0hedgehog's picture

The NFL is taking quite a business risk here.......who are you kidding? Evertything rides on this. Make or break!

Ajax-1's picture

The NFL loves to double down on stupid.


What is Rick's stance on confederate statues I wonder? Nah, actually, I don't give a fukk. 

ThePhantom's picture

bumper cars for country folk retards?

redmudhooch's picture

More important:

Nascar FANS will not tolerate that bullshit..

HopefulCynic's picture

Some other mind numbing white trash "sport"?

dasein211's picture

White people are definitely government cucks. As much as they complain about the government they're the first ones on their knees when it comes calling not matter how many times they get fucked by them.

Berspankme's picture

They would be behind the plantation master Obama and his negro followers

giovanni_f's picture

not only whites. Fuck all those patriots.

samsara's picture

"White people are definitely government cucks. "

"White people are definitely Country/Conititution cucks. "

We don't identify with the government, we identify with the country.

We would like to get rid of the majority of the government.

If you don't understand that, you don't understand the Deplorables

dasein211's picture

No, you're cucks. You don't protest banks or illegal wars but you walk the govt line on you're knees whenever white guys are presidents. If Obama never became president you'd still be taking Bush, McCain or Romney loads all over your face.

jcaz's picture

Yawn- you're trying too hard to be cool, sweetie-  go jerk off to your Obama poster and get back to us after you settle down.....

dasein211's picture

So.... no response to logic? Figures.

jcaz's picture

Yes, because you're so full of.... logic.

Seriously, sweetie, you're getting me hard-  how bout you take a knee in front of me?  

dasein211's picture

For that white skin tag? Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahaha!!!! Cuck....

Bay of Pigs's picture

So, are you black or just a white nigger like me?

serotonindumptruck's picture

If black is beautiful, then I just shit a masterpiece.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

Don't judge me by the color of my skin -- punk motherfucker.

samsara's picture

Hey hey, you don't know me. I know more about the banks and wars than you do. I didn't vote for Bush because I Already knew about his crime family.

On the day colon Powell gave his yellow cake talk I was reading the original on the web that he stole it from.

I didn't vote for Obama because I knew he was CIA puppet.
I have been trying to awaken people for the last 17+ years,

Over 6 years on this site

techpriest's picture

Notice how he doesn't reply to you?

Unless you've already done everything, you never did anything. And what did Dasein do himself?

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

Evidently, you didn't get da sign...

awakeRewe's picture

The flag represents the country not the .gov.

LasVegasDave's picture

Whites are the ones who pay the taxes. It is only right that the misfortunate among them get supported by the safety net

Blacks are and have been a net drain for 150 years

YT is woke



WolfgangCire's picture

nascar = full retard