NASCAR Driver Kyle Larson Drops the N-Word During Virtual Race, Issues an Apology [Video]
April 13, 2020 10:05 AM PST
27-year-old NASCAR driver Kyle Larson dropped the N-word with the hard ‘r’ during a virtual race on Easter Sunday.
He was competing in an iRacing event that was being live-streamed to thousands on Twitch.
After crashing during Lap 6, Kyle was having difficulties communicating to other drivers and casually dropped the word.
“You can’t hear me? Hey, n*gger,” he said.
Other drivers reacted during the stream.
Anthony Alfredo: “Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud.”
Aaron MacEachern: “Yup, we heard that.”
Conor Daly: “Yikes!”
Justin Botelho: “Oh, damn! He did not just say that.”
For the record, Kyle is half Japanese and has talked about how the NASCAR “Driver for Diversity” program helped him get to the big show.
Kyle’s team, Chip Ganassi Racing, suspended him without pay while it investigates the situation.
“We are extremely disappointed by what Kyle said last night during an iRacing Event,”the team said in a statement, calling Kyle’s comments “offensive and unacceptable.”
“As of this moment we are suspending Kyle without pay while we work through this situation with all appropriate parties.”
Kyle also issued a video apology — saying, “I just want to say I’m sorry.”
“Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never ever be said and there’s no excuse for that.”
“I wasn’t raised that way and it’s just an awful thing to say. I feel very sorry for my family, my friends, my partners, the NASCAR community and especially the African American community.”
“I understand the damage is probably unrepairable and I own up to that. I just want let you all to know how sorry I am and I hope everybody is staying safe during these crazy times.”