(National Sentinel)Â Sports Politics: For football fans who are disappointed about the politicization of their beloved game and angry over the disrespect shown to them via player protests of the National Anthem, take heed: NASCAR owners feel your pain and are on your side.
NASCAR owners almost universally lined up behind President Donald J. Trump after he called out the National Football League’s owners and players whose choice of kneeling for the National Anthem as a way to protest alleged social injustice has infuriated tens of millions of Americans.
Their support comes after the president, as he so often has, stepped up on Friday to accept the mantle of representative and spokesman for NFL fans and others who disagree with theÂ protests and whoseÂ voices have been subdued by a Left-wing media that has, once again, chosen the wrong heroes.
â€œWouldnâ€™t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, â€˜Get that son of a b***h off the field right now!â€™?â€ Trump boomed at a political rally on Friday for incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Strange.
â€œIf you see it â€“ even if itâ€™s one player â€“ leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop,â€ said Trump, who at one time owned the New Jersey Generals of the long-defunct United States Football League (USFL), which folded in the mid-1980s after just three seasons.
Needless to say, that set off a new wave of protests on Sunday, as hundreds of players took knees or sat during the anthem. A handful of teams didn’t even take the field during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner;” teams that did locked arms in unity, many with owners standing with them.
NASCAR owners, however, voiced their agreement with the president and the majority of Americans who find the politicization of football as disgusting as the displays of disrespect.
â€œGet you a ride on a Greyhound bus when the national anthem is over,â€ team owner Richard Childress responded when asked what he would do if one of his employees protested during the anthem, as USA Today reported. â€œI told them anyone who works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people haveÂ gave their lives for it. This is America.â€
Team owner Richard Petty, who won a record-tying seven championships as a driver, said he would fire any employee that didn’t stand for the anthem.
â€œAnybody that donâ€™t stand up for that ought to be out of the country. Period,â€ Petty said. â€œIf they donâ€™t appreciate where theyâ€™re at â€¦ what got them where theyâ€™re at? The United States.â€
The majority owner of Richard Petty Motorsports,Â Andy Murstein, conceded toÂ ESPN that he would not fire an employee for protesting the anthem. However, he said he disagreed with the act.
“I would sit down with them and say it’s the wrong thing to do that [take a kneel], and many people, including myself, view it as an affront to our great country,” Murstein told ESPN. “If there is disenchantment towards the President or a few bad law enforcement officers, don’t have it cross over to all that is still good and right about our country.”
Whatever your stance on the issue, it’s important to note that, once upon a time before the progressive-Left media chose identity politics over reason to to elevate Colin Kaepernick to martyred status after he began these protests last year, most people tuned into sporting events toÂ get awayÂ from politics.
But the Left refuses to concede any ground anywhere, as evidenced by its attempt to politicize even the game of football in its unending quest to destroy one American tradition after another.
At least the owners in one sporting franchise refuse to cede their cultural ground.
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