Driver Noah Gragson has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and Legacy Motor Membership as a result of liking an insensitive meme with a photograph of George Floyd’s face.
“I’m dissatisfied in myself for my lack of consideration and actions on social media,” Gragson posted Saturday. “I perceive the severity of this example. I like and admire everybody. I attempt to deal with everybody equally irrespective of who they’re. I tousled plain and easy.”
Josh Berry will probably be within the No. 42 Chevrolet in Sunday’s race at Michigan Worldwide Speedway to interchange Gragson.
Floyd, who was Black, died in 2020 after a white police officer knelt on his neck for 9 1/2 minutes. His loss of life sparked mass protests all over the world and compelled a nationwide counting on racial injustice.
Within the wake of Floyd’s loss of life, NASCARthe Accomplice flag at occasions and venues after — its lone Black driver — stated there was “no place” for it within the sport. Earlier that 12 months, Cup collection driver Kyle Larson used a racial slur whereas taking part in a online game. Chip Ganassi Racing fired Larson and he was suspended by NASCAR, which required him to finish a sensitivity coaching course for reinstatement.
NASCAR stated Gragson violated the member conduct of its rule e book, with out offering particulars.
“His actions don’t characterize the values of our staff,” Legacy Motor Membership stated in an announcement.
The 25-year-old Gragson, who’s from Las Vegas, is in his first full season within the Cup collection and is No. 33 in factors.
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