NASCAR driver Kyle Larson suspended indefinitely after using racial slur

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NEW YORK – NASCAR has suspended Kyle Larson indefinitely and ordered him to undergo sensitivity training after used a racial slur during a live broadcast of an iRacing eSports event.

“NASCAR has made diversity and inclusion a priority and will not tolerate the type of language used by Kyle Larson at Sunday’s iRacing event,” NASCAR said in a statement.

NASCAR had organized the event to fill the void in the racing calendar due to the unprecedented cessation of world sport due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Larson could be heard using the slur as he was apparently testing his microphone for competition.

“Kyle, you talk to everyone, buddy,” replied a driver.

A second voice on the stream said, “It couldn’t happen. “

Shortly after NASCAR announced its suspension, Larson said there was “no excuse” for his actions in a video posted on Twitter.

“I just want to say that I’m sorry – last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, never be said,” said the 27-year-old American.

“I am very sorry for my family, my friends, my partners, the NASCAR community and especially the African-American community.

“I understand that the damage is probably irreparable. “

His use of the link sparked an uproar on social networks and Larson was also suspended without pay from his team, Chip Ganassi Racing, a powerhouse in the world of professional car racing.

“We are extremely disappointed with what Kyle said last night at an iRacing event. The words he chose to use are offensive and unacceptable, “said Chip Ganassi Racing in a statement.

Larson’s sponsors wereted no time in getting away from the driver.

“We were extremely disappointed and dismayed to hear about this incident,” McDonald’s said in a statement.

“Kyle Larson’s comments are insensitive, offensive and do not reflect our inclusive values ​​and will not be tolerated. McDonald’s is taking immediate action to end the relationship with Larson. “

Capital One Bank also ended their relationship, expressing the same disappointment.

“As noted earlier, Credit One Bank denounces the highly offensive language used by Kyle Larson during Sunday’s iRacing event,” Capital One said in a statement.

“In addition to the quick action taken by NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing, Credit One Bank is ending its sponsorship of Kyle Larson. “



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