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While NFL owners let their players kneel during anthem, NASCAR owners take much different approach

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For more than a year, NFL team owners have publicly OKed the decision of their players to kneel during the national anthem in protest. But two prominent NASCAR owners have taken a much different approach.

What did they say?

Two of NASCAR’s biggest names, Richard Petty and Richard Childress, said on Sunday that they would not approve of any of their employees kneeling during the national anthem before a race.


When asked what he would tell an employee who kneels, Childress told USA Today: “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.”

Petty, who holds the record for most number of wins in NASCAR, drew an even harder line in the sand: “Anybody that don’t stand up for that ought to be out of the country. Period. If they don’t appreciate where they’re at … what got them where they’re at? The United States.”


No kneeling here.

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