Dale Earnhardt Jr. Says NASCAR Drives Should Have Right To Protest (TWEET)

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While NASCAR’s sentiment has been quite critical of those athletes choosing to kneel during the National Anthem, Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke from the sport’s consensus. On Monday, the 42-year-old driver said that Americans have the right to “peaceful protests,” a statement that could alienate much of the sport’s conservative fan base.

He wrote in a tweet:

Meanwhile, Donald Trump held NASCAR supporters up as a paradigm of respectful behavior, firing off this tweet Monday morning:

Similarly, racing legend Richard Petty offered his criticism of protestors, stating, “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.”

It seems that racing’s culture is far more divided on the issue than that of other sports. Time will tell if Dale Jr.’s stance will cost him in the long run.

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