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Did Danica Patrick’s dad take shot at Aaron Rodgers with anthem protest barb?

By all appearances, Rodgers and Patrick have fast-tracked their budding romance given how quickly things have escalated since rumors first surfaced about the couple. But could Patrick’s father be a potential roadblock to relationship bliss?

Guilt by association? Perhaps. But it is indeed interesting how T.J. Patrick recently took to social media to condemn NFL players who have taken to participating in national anthem protests over the past few seasons. And it’s not the first time, either.

Patrick posted a reaction to a photograph on Facebook showing Rodgers and his daughter standing with their hands on their chests during the anthem at the Daytona 500 a few weeks ago.

“No kneeling in NASCAR!! Hand in heart!!” Patrick’s father wrote in the comments section of his Facebook post.

Granted, Rodgers has never knelt during the anthem. But the Green Bay Packers quarterback did encourage the team’s fans to link arms earlier this season as a show of solidarity.

“This is about equality,” Rodgers said in September, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette, by way of the New York Post. “This is about unity and love and growing together as a society, and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people. But we’ve got to come together and talk about these things and grow as a community, as a connected group of individuals in our society, and we’re going to continue to show love and unity.”

That said, this isn’t even the first time Patrick’s father has singled out the Packers and Rodgers on social media over the anthem issue. Terez Owens recently posted a screenshot of his comment on an image of Rodgers locking arms with his Packers teammates, in which he wrote, “Can someone tell me why they’re protesting?”

While there conceivably may be some friction between Patrick’s father and her NFL superstar beau, the two did meet shortly after the couple’s relationship went public. Further, Patrick and Rodgers aren’t allowing anything ruin the initial stages of their courtship, as the two were recently spotted getting cozy during a trip to Mexico.