Several NASCAR teams owners on Sunday vowed to fire any member of their teams who protest the national anthem at races, amid widespread protests by sports players at football and baseball games.
Former NASCAR champion Richard Petty warned that any member of his team would be fired if they chose to protest the national anthem.
“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 told The AP.
Richard Childress, a former driver who owns Richard Childress Racing, said any protests from his team members would “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 reportedly said.
Trump on Saturday slammed NFL players who take a knee, rather than stand, during the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now,'” Trump said during a Friday rally. “‘He is fired.'”
There were no reported protests during “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in New Hampshire.