Given the recent pandemic of highly-paid professional athletes who have developed an allergy to America, its flag and its national anthem, NASCAR has a message for anyone who might be tempted to fall victim to the contagion: if you do, you’re going to end up with something a lot worse than a Darlington stripe.
According to the Associated Press, NASCAR owners threatened anyone who decides to follow suit in anthem-kneeling will find themselves with a one-way ticket out of the sport.
The AP had originally reported — shocker of shockers — that nobody participated in anthem-related shenanigans before the ISM Connect 300 at Loudon, New Hampshire this weekend.
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NASCAR as a sport is more patriotic than most, which provided a plenty big carrot for participants. However, there was also a rather significant stick lurking in the background: namely, the fact that owners and other NASCAR dignitaries seemed to have no truck with anyone who wished to use stock car racing as a platform to disrespect America.
“It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus,” Richard Childress told the AP. Best known as the owner behind Dale Earnhardt’s iconic black #3 race car, Childress said that “anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”
Richard Petty, NASCAR’s all-time win leader with 200 victories in the top-flight series, is also the head honcho at the eponymous Richard Petty Motorsports. He took a dim view of anthem-related shenanigans, as well.
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“Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period,” Petty said. “What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”
Asked whether kneeling would lead to dismissal at Petty Motorsports, Petty responded: “You’re right.”
Another owner, Chip Ganassi, was a bit more equivocal, parroting Mike Tomlin’s statement that “we’re not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda” when his team stayed in the locker room during the anthem. It was unclear whether Ganassi understood the full context of Tomlin’s statement — namely, that it was a team decision on the Steelers’ part and that Tomlin expressed disappointment in the one player (a veteran) who decided to go out of the tunnel for the anthem.
History tells us that it isn’t long before the anthem-abhoring brigade comes after NASCAR. History also tells us that the rhetoric those individuals will most likely use will be something about the suppression of “free speech.”
We all have the right to free speech. Anyone who kneeled during the anthem at the NASCAR race this weekend wouldn’t be taken in by some sort of star-spangled gestapo making sure everyone followed proper anthem protocol. What we don’t have is the right to consequence-free speech — and liberals know this. That’s why they drummed out James Damore, the Google employee whose infamous paper on gender and liberalism in Silicon Valley got him fired.
Google had every right to fire him, just as we have ever right to criticize Google for their decision. The point is that nobody has the right to express themselves however they want without incurring whatever adverse consequences come their way.
We support NASCAR’s move and their right to make it — and we hope other leagues and sanctioning bodies will take similar umbrage toward anyone who decides that a sporting event is a platform for statements that contemn our country and those who defend it.
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H/T The Daily Caller
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