NASCAR and Larson’s team Chip Ganassi Racing announced their decision on Tuesday, about a day after Larson apologized for saying a “word that should never, never be said.” He was first suspended on Monday before the final decision was made.
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Larson was playing with several others on iRacing, an online driving simulator, when he used the word to draw the attention of another user to voice chat on Sunday.
“Can’t you hear me? Hey, n—–. Wow, hey, “can hear Larson in the video, which has since been shared online.
The other players in the game instantly reacted to the binding.
“Kyle, you talk to everyone, old man,” said one user.
“Yes, we heard it,” added another. “Yes,” said a third player.
It was a blast from the 27-year-old driver who made his debut as part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program in 2012. Larson is half Japanese and his grandparents spent time in an internment camp in California during the Second World. War.
“Kyle’s comments were both offensive and unacceptable, especially given our organization’s values,” said Chip Ganassi Racing in a statement announcing his layoff on the NASCAR website on Tuesday. “As we continue to assess the situation with all parties concerned, it has become clear that this is the only appropriate course of action to take.”
Many of Larson’s high-level sponsors, including McDonald’s and Credit One Bank, ended their relationship with him during the incident.
“We were extremely disappointed and dismayed to hear about this incident,” McDonald’s USA said in a statement. “Kyle Larson’s comments are insensitive, offensive and do not reflect our inclusive values and will not be tolerated. “
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Larson apologized in a video posted to his social media platforms on Monday, shortly after NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing announced his suspension.
“Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, never be said, and there is no excuse for it,” said Larson in the video.
“It is just a horrible thing to say, and I am very sorry for my family, friends, partners, the NASCAR community and especially the African American community. “
He added, “I understand that the damage is probably irreparable and I recognize it, but I just want to let you know how sorry I am. “
Larson did not immediately publish a public response to his dismissal on Tuesday.
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