In response to the growing Take-A-Knee controversy, multiple NASCAR owners over the weekend said they would fire drivers who took a knee during the national anthem. But it looks like racing legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not on board with that stance.
After President Trump’s comments on Friday in Alabama where he referred to those kneeing in protest during the national anthem as ‘sons of bitches’, sports figures have been coming out against the idea that players should be fired for kneeling during the national anthem. Steph Curry, Lebron James, Aaron Rodgers and now Tom Brady have all came out ins support of the players. While the NASCAR owners statement was applauded by the President.
So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
This morning though, Earnhardt took to twitter to post his thoughts.
All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 25, 2017
Where the NFL, NBA and MLB are located through out the nation, NASCAR tends to be most popular in what would be considered ‘red states’ and Trumps political base. If other drivers follow Earnhardt in back the players against the owners, this controversy could continue to grow well past the current news cycle. The next NASCAR race is Sunday, October 1st in Dover, Delaware.