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NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. Spurns Trump, Owners to Publicly Back NFL Protesters Despite Backlash

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. came out in support of NFL players protesting racial injustice during the national anthem even as owners threaten to retaliate against drivers who want to show solidarity.

“All Americans” are “granted rights” to “peaceful protests,” Earnhardt wrote, citing the JFK quote, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

The move comes after NASCAR owners threatened to fire any driver that protests during the national anthem.

“It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus,” high-profile NASCAR owner Richard Childress said, according to The Guardian. “Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”

Racing legend Richard Petty agreed that any driver who protests should be fired.

“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,” he said.

NASCAR is trying to appeal to its overwhelmingly white audience while the NFL and NBA are embracing racial diversity.

Several wealthy NFL owners, including several that donated millions to Donald Trump, locked arms with players on the field in repeated shows of solidarity Sunday after the president attacked players who protest during the anthem as “sons of b*tches.”

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump said at a rally in Alabama Friday.

“You know, some owner is going to do that,” he said. “He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

Trump followed up with repeated attacks against NFL players who kneeled during the anthem on Twitter all weekend. Trump gleefully praised NASCAR owners over their threat to drivers Monday.

“So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans,” he tweeted. “They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!”

Trump also insisted his newfound wedge issue has nothing to do with “race” even though he specifically targeted black athletes protesting racial injustice – not the anthem itself.

Trump’s insistence that the issue has nothing to do with race is tone deaf considering the subject of the protest itself, but made murkier by the fact that he went after another black athlete, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, merely for being hesitant about visiting the White House with the NBA championship team.

Trump “withdrew” his invitation to Curry in a petty Twitter rage Saturday, prompting the team to scrap the visit altogether.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr spoke out in support of his team’s decision and slammed Trump for attacking players taking a stand while seemingly praising those who marched alongside Nazis in Charlottesville.

“How about the irony of, ‘Free speech is fine if you’re a neo-Nazi chanting hate slogans, but free speech is not allowed to kneel in protest?’” Kerr said in an interview Saturday. “No matter how many times a football player says, ‘I honor our military, but I’m protesting police brutality and racial inequality,’ it doesn’t matter. Nationalists are saying, ‘You’re disrespecting our flag.’ Well, you know what else is disrespectful to our flag? Racism. And one’s way worse than the other.”

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