NASCAR fans are not happy in 2020.
Aside from not being able to attend any events due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fan base was beside themselves on Wednesday after the sport removed guidelines that team members must stand for the national anthem, opening the way for peaceful protests during pre-race ceremonies.
NASCAR eliminated the guidelines before last weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway and official Kirk Price wasted no time in kneeling and raising a fist. Price, who served on active duty in the U.S. Army for three years, remained kneeling during the anthem while he saluted the flag.
Bubba Wallace praised Price him:
“If I would have seen it, I would have went there and stood next to him, kneeled next to him because it’s such a powerful move,” said Wallace, the lone black driver competing in NASCAR’s top series. “A man, an incredible man, who has served our country, kneeling down. People think it’s disrespecting the flag and going against our military, and it’s definitely not.
“I was so uneducated what the kneeling meant when it started but now reading about it and what it stands for … and I’m still doing a lot of learning myself, don’t get me wrong, I don’t know everything about what’s going on in the world but that’s what we are trying to deliver the message. Listen and learn to be able to better educate ourselves.”
As expected, fans were not happy and raged about it on Twitter: