Dale Earnhardt Jr. Breaks From NASCAR Owners On Protesting

David Hookstead | Contributor

NASCAR legend Earnhardt Jr. broke the stance of NASCAR owners regarding athletes protesting the national anthem.

Several NASCAR owners said they’d fire drivers and any other team members who protested during that national anthem. However, Earnhardt has taken a bit of a different stance.

Early Monday morning he tweeted, “All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK.”

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 03: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL – MAY 03: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Protesting the national anthem during NASCAR events hasn’t occurred yet, and given the patriotic demographics of the fanbase, I find it hard to believe it’ll happen anytime soon. The sport is very aware of who its supporters are, and there is little doubt about how alienated they’d be if the sport turned into more protesting of America and the national anthem.

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