The NBA, as well as the NFL and their franchises, made it clear that they’re perfectly OK with their players voicing their concerns about social injustice issues within the United States. Even this past weekend, every NFL team staged some sort of protest during the singing of the National Anthem prior to the week three slate of games.
What’s interesting is that the protests were dying down after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick staged the first one last year during the NFL preseason, partly because Kaepernick is no longer in the media now that he’s not on an NFL team. Only around 10 players protested prior to the NFL’s week two games, whereas before there were about 30 players protesting each week.
Then, during an Alabama campaign rally, President Donald Trump commented on this protest, using some choice words while suggesting players that “take a knee” should be taken off the field. This prompted NFL owners and their players to condemn President Trump’s comments and stage protests in week three.
One sports league that has come out and stated that their athletes will not be supported when it comes to protesting during the National Anthem is NASCAR. This past Sunday, NASCAR owners came out and said they will not condone protests during the anthem.
The Associated Press reported that there weren’t any protests during the National Anthem prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in New Hampshire. Richard Petty went as far as to say that any driver on his team would be fired if they decide to protest.
“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 said to Associated Press.
Another NASCAR owner, Richard Childress, said if his drivers protested it would get them a “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.
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