As President Donald Trump’s attacks on players who protest during the national Anthem in the NFL became the dominant sports storyline of the weekend, NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Richard Childress were asked Sunday at New Hampshire what would happen if a driver or team member of theirs protested during the anthem.
“Get you a ride on a Greyhound bus when the National Anthem is over,’’ Childress said on pit road.
Here’s video of a 1996 race at Richmond, where drivers are clearly in their cars during the anthem because the command to start engines comes immediately afterward.
While the First Amendment protects people who protest during the anthem from being punished by Trump or the United States government, consequences from an employer are another matter.
But acting like standing for the anthem is suddenly so virtuous when drivers weren’t doing it for logistical reasons 20 years ago is ludicrous.
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