Sports | September 25, 2017 10:23 am

NASCAR Owners Side With Trump, Say They’ll Fire Drivers Who Protest National Anthem

Richard Petty and Richard Childress among few voices in sports who have condoned president's comments.

In the least surprising move of the week, a pair of NASCAR owners have come out in favor of the president’s call to fire anyone who protests the national anthem.

As the Associated Press reports, Richard Petty, who owns Richard Petty Motorsports, and Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing, both made comments backing the president’s call to action. Said Petty, “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.”

Childress had a similar sentiment, warning members of his team that might protest that “It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.” The AP also reports that Childress 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.”

On the other hand, Chip Ganassi, who owns Chip Ganassi Racing, came out in favor of most of the Pittsburgh Steelers not taking the field during the anthem, (a lone Steeler did stand by the tunnel during the anthem).