NASCAR Owners SAY THEY WILL FIRE Drivers, Crew Members Who Protest National Anthem

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"Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America"

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After nearly universal push-back against President Donald Trump's criticism of NFL players who protest during the national anthem, one sport is siding with commander in chief — NASCAR.

Several team owners said they would come down hard on any drivers who did not stand during the national anthem. That included NASCAR legend Richard Petty, owner of Richard Petty Motorsports.

"Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country, period," Petty said (via the Associated Press). "What got ’em where they’re at? The United States."

When Petty was asked if his drivers would be fired if they protest during the anthem as Trump called for, Petty emphatically said, "You're right."

Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing, also said he would not tolerate any drivers who do not stand during the anthem.

"It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus," Childress said. "Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America."