Larson apologizes after NASCAR dismissed driver for racial pornography

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Changed 13 Apr 2020, 22:48 IST

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NASCAR driver Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson apologized Sunday after being suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for using racial slurs during a virtual race.

Chip Ganassi Racing Driver was checking a microphone at the iRacing event, asking: “Can’t you hear me?”

Larson uttered the abusive word before he could hear the companion driver say it.

As a result he was temporarily dismissed and ordered to undergo sensitivity training by Nascar, Larson acknowledged “this loss is probably not compensable”.

In a video posted on Twitter, he said, “I just want to say I’m sorry. Last night I made a mistake and said something that should never be said and there is no excuse for it.”

“I wasn’t raised that way. It’s just a scary thing to say my I’m so sorry for my family, my friends, my partners, the NASCAR community, and especially the African-American community.

“I understand that the loss is probably unexpected and I own it. I just wanted to tell you all how sorry I am and I hope everyone is safe in this crazy time.”

A NASCAR statement released Monday reads: “NASCAR has taken diversity and inclusion as a priority and will not tolerate the language that Kyle Larson used during Sunday’s iRocking event.

“The direction of our member behavior in this regard is clear, and we will implement these guidelines to maintain an inclusive environment for our entire industry and fan base”

Larson was temporarily suspended without pay by Chip Ganassi Racing.

The team said in a statement: “We are extremely disappointed with what Kyle said last night during the Irving event.

“The words he chooses to use are offensive and unacceptable. At the moment, we are suspending Kyle for free while we work in this situation with all the appropriate parties.”

Published April 13, 2020, 22:48 IST

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