NASCAR Truck Series driver Ray Ciccarelli has garnered a lot of attention online with comments he made on a personal Facebook page about his driving career.
Ciccarelli has announced that it will stop racing after the 2020 season after NASCAR bans Confederate flags from all events.
“Well, it was a fun race and the dream came true, but if that is the direction NASCAR is going, we will not be participating after the end of the 2020 season,” Ciccarelli wrote.
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Ciccarelli has received many online reactions for its comments and has deleted its Twitter and Facebook accounts accordingly. In an interview with Toby Christie, Ciccarelli explained why he sent this message and detailed the reaction he caused from people.
In the interview, Ciccarelli said that his real views were distorted. He also claims that he did not support the Confederate flag.
“I don’t like the fact that I was misinterpreted about defending the Confederate flag. Because I was not defending the Confederate flag in any way, “Ciccarelli told Toby Christie. “All I was saying is that I understand the feelings of both parties towards the flag. My point of view, all I was trying to say is how to take (the flag) from a group and help support the group it offends, then what do you do to the group whose did you take it? Now they are indignant. ”
Although he said his wife and family “were assaulted and abused on social media,” Ciccarelli said he did not regret having sent to his post. He just wants his point to be approached differently.
“I think everyone has the right to their opinion. And that was my opinion, “said Ciccarelli. I believe people can kneel down, protest and do what they love and support and all that. I wasn’t trying to offend anyone. It’s not something I wanted to do in any form. ”
As for whether he will really give up the race, Ciccarelli was not as adorable about it in this interview. He replied with “TBA”, short for “to announce”.