What did Kyle Larson say that got him fired?
Chip Ganassi Racing fired KYLE Larson after he used the n-word during a virtual race in April 2020.
In 2021, the driver returned to the track, earning the title of NASCAR Cup Series Champion.
At the age of seven, the 27-year-old Sacramento native began racing karts.
As a teenager, he pursued his passion by upgrading to more powerful automobiles.
Larson has a long list of NASCAR victories since breaking onto the scene in 2014.
The half-Japanese racer has spoken out about NASCAR’s lack of diversity.
“I don’t think there’s any prejudice or scrutiny toward other drivers in NASCAR because of their ethnicity,” he told Discover Nikkei in 2016.
Kyle Larson won the NASCAR Cup Series Championship for the first time on Sunday, November 7, 2021.
The racecar driver ended the season with ten victories, 26 top ten finishes, and 20 top five finishes.
He returned to NASCAR in 2021 after serving a six-month suspension the previous year for using a racial slur.
The driver has signed a multi-year contract with Hendrick Motorsports.
“This victory belongs to each and every one of us at Hendrick Motorsports, men and women.”
This is extraordinary.
Kyle Larson said after his victory, “I’m speechless.”
Larson appeared to lose contact with his teammates while competing in a virtual race on livestream on Sunday, April 12th, 2020.
As a result, he asked, “You can’t hear me?”
“Hey (n-word),” says the speaker.
The slur was directed at his white spotter.
Larson’s comments drew a lot of backlash, with several people slamming him on social media.
“Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud,” one driver said, while another added, “Yikes.”
Several of his sponsors, including McDonald’s, Credit One Bank, and Clover, have withdrawn their support for him.
His race team first announced his suspension, and then confirmed his firing on Tuesday, April 14 2020.
“After much consideration, Chip Ganassi Racing has determined that it will end its relationship with driver Kyle Larson,” the team said in a statement.
“As we previously stated, Kyle’s comments were both offensive and unacceptable, particularly given our organization’s values.
“As we continued to assess the situation with all relevant parties, it became clear that this was the only course of action.”
Larson apologized for the slur in a video posted to his social media platforms, saying, “Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, ever be said.”
“That’s not an excuse.”
Larson has gotten himself into trouble before.
Denny Hamlin, a self-described jokester and fellow racer, appeared to be having a good time…
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