In a clear demonstration of patriotism, multiple NASCAR team owners indicated yesterday they will not tolerate any driver or crew member that decides to kneel during the American anthem, as unpatriotic protests plague the beleaguered NFL.
On one hand, former NASCAR champion and legendary figure Richard Petty –who actually owns Richard Petty Motorsports- told media outlets that he would not hesitate to fire any member of his team that chooses to do this act during the national anthem. In fact, Petty said that “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.”
In addition to Petty, another famous former NASCAR driver, Richard Childress –who owns Richard Childress Racing- assured that anyone who works for him and chooses to kneel during the American anthem would face the same fate. Childress said: “It’ll 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.”
These comments come as the NFL struggles for its survival as its fan base becomes increasingly fractured over the blatant disrespect shown by wealthy athletes who are kneeling in solidarity with victims of an alleged oppression inspired by a racism that doesn’t exist.
As everyone knows, everything started when Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem in protest against what he considered brutal racism against minorities, in the form of police brutality against black people.
Along with Kaepernick, almost every single Democrat assured that police brutality is aimed at black people and what inspired this act is nothing more than racism. While this incoherence and disgusting ignorance of the facts started with Black Lives Matter, it was Kaepernick who brought this issue to the NFL.
The reason why his claims and protests were based on a lie was that legal documents and statistics showed that far from being a racist operation against African-Americans, more white people have been killed by police officers. In fact, this reality was confirmed in an interesting article published by the Washington Post.
In addition, Trump said that NFL ratings are reaching an incredible low, and assured that the reason was not only the quality of some games, but also the fact that fans are staying away because they don’t want the NFL to get politicized.
In another tweet, the commander in chief sent an interesting message recommending the players who want to protest another method of doing it. Instead of kneeling -which Trump wrote it was disrespectful to the country- the President said that standing with locked arms was better.
This new struggle between President Trump and the NFL started on Friday in Alabama, where he told the crowd that he wishes NFL owners would fire anyone who refused to stand during the American anthem. This remark was greeted with overwhelming cheers at the rally for Luther Strange.
Naturally, the NFL played the victim role on this issue, to the point where many teams decided to kneel during the anthem as a way to protest the President. In fact, some owners even announced they were willing to support the players in any kind of demonstrations they want to show during this event.
However, while many teams decided to take this stance, fans reacted in the most aggressive way against them. One of the greatest examples was the New England Patriots, who were booed and brutally berated by their own fans after most of its players knelt during the national anthem. In fact, the crowd of more than 60,000 shouted at the athletes to “stand up.”
Every Pittsburgh Steeler decided not to join in the National Anthem except for one: Alejandro Villanueva, a former U.S. Army Ranger. pic.twitter.com/o43O2yh5Cs
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Another interesting moment happened in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers Left Tackle and decorated U.S. military veteran Alejandro Villanueva decided to defy his own teammates and become the only player to stand for the national anthem.
Previously, the head coach Mike Tomlin announced that the Steelers were taking an unprecedented step in protesting the anthem by staying in the locker in order to “remove ourselves from the circumstances.”
After his honest demonstration of patriotism, Villanueva jersey sales skyrocketed.