NASCAR Owners: Don’t Even THINK About Protesting Anthem

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The NFL may be ready to sacrifice their entire business model on the altar of the liberal movement, but at least one sports organization appears to know where their bread is buttered. Several NASCAR team owners spoke out about the growing national anthem protests enveloping the NFL on Sunday, saying they would not tolerate any similar demonstrations from their racers.

Those who attended the Monster Energy event in New Hampshire certainly did not see the kind of anti-American nonsense that thousands of football fans witnessed from New England to…well, actual England. And according to owners like the legendary Richard Petty, that will be the way it remains.

“Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem ought to be out of the country,” Petty told the Associated Press. “Period. What got ‘em where they’re at? The United States.”

The AP also spoke to Richard Childress, who said that any racer on his team who knelt for the national anthem would have to get a ride home on a Greyhound.

“Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in,” Childress said. “So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”

This could very well be the opening NASCAR needs to eclipse football as America’s number one pro sport. That would have been hard to imagine only a few short years ago, but after Sunday’s league-wide disgrace, anything’s possible. We’re not sure the NFL powers-that-be really have any idea what they’ve gotten themselves into. This is not one untalented quarterback and a handful of players who think they’re standing up for a cause. This has become Trump vs. the NFL, and Trump just happens to be standing on the side of the American flag. Does the NFL really want to stand on the other side?

The palpable rage could be felt throughout social media on Monday. Memorably, a Steelers fan named Robert Williams posted a video on YouTube where he took all of his NFL merchandise and burned it in an outdoor pit.

“We have morals in this country,” Williams said in the video. “We stand for this country. My great uncle’s bones are lying in the bottom of Pearl Harbor. For this country. For the flag. For your freedom to play in the NFL and to say whatever you want to say. But you do not disrespect the flag and the country and the Constitution. So watch this stuff burn.”

Not everyone who feels like Williams does will go to such great lengths. Many will simply stop watching the games, stop coming out to the stadiums, and stop buying the jerseys and the posters.

The NFL has badly misread this situation and they’ve drastically underestimated just how many patriots are disgusted by these demonstrations. They’ll learn soon enough. But soon enough may be too late to salvage anything of worth.