Add Brad Keselowski's voice — and nuanced position — to the debate over whether to protest during the national anthem.
Keselowski made his thoughts known Tuesday night in a Twitter thread (via NBCSports.com). His main points, which were made in response to an opinion piece in The Huffington Post:
Keselowski is known for flying the American flag along with the checkered flag from his car after his wins.
NASCAR drivers are under pressure to stand for the anthem. One of stock car racing's greatest figures, Richard Petty, said last weekend that team members who protest should be fired. Team owner Richard Childress took an equally hard line.
On the other side, soon-to-be-retired driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. — whose father drove for and won championships with Childress decades ago — tweeted Monday that all Americans have the right to stage peaceful protests. Earnhardt sent his tweet shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted support for the stances of Petty, Childress and others in NASCAR.