NASCAR released an official statement stating the right to silent protest, following a national anthem controversy stoked by President Donald Trump'Our respect for the national anthem has always been a hallmark of our pre-race events.
Thanks to the sacrifices of many, we live in a country of unparalleled freedoms and countless liberties, including the right to peacefully express one's opinion,' the sport wrote, CBS News reported.
Players from both the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars were the first to protest by taking a knee ahead of their game at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday morning.No players were kneeling during the playing of God Save The Queen - the British national anthem.Trump told an Alabama crowd Friday night; 'Wouldn't you love to see one of these N. ' Trump tweeted that he was 'so proud' of NASCAR and its fans.NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott (C) talks with son Chase Elliott (L), driver of the #24 Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.Trump also tweeted over the weekend that he was 'Please to inform that the Champion Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL will be joining me at the White House for Ceremony. 'The Penguins have an all-white roster that also includes a large number of Canadians.
And to reaffirm his pro-military stance, upon landing in Washington he met with Marine One pilot Major James Thompson and his family.
During the speech he said any player who protests racism by kneeling during the national anthem is a 'son of a b****'.
The protests were started before the 2016 season by quarterback Colin Kaepernick - who used his public platform to protest police brutality and racism.
(R), driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, during pre-race ceremonies for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, stands during the national anthem prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, stands during the national anthem prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire He added: 'You know, some owner is going to do that.
He's gonna say, 'That guy disrespects our flag, he's fired.' Trump gave an impromptu press briefing while boarding Air Force One on Sunday evening to address his criticism of NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem.
It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. 'Trump fueled the controversy after more than 200 players defied his criticism by kneeling or linking arms during nationally televised games on Sunday.