Kyle Larson was a huge name in the sport of NASCAR, but not many people outside of a sport would have a clue who he is or what he did for a living before this week began.
The NASCAR driver made himself a household name in the country after he used the N-word during a virtual race and it not only lost him sponsors, but got him fired.
Larson was competing in an iRacing event Sunday night when he appeared to lose communication with his spotter on his headset. During a check of his microphone, Larson said, “You can’t hear me?” That was followed by the N-word.
“After much consideration, Chip Ganassi Racing has determined that it will end its relationship with driver Kyle Larson,” Ganassi said. “As we said before, the comments that Kyle made were both offensive and unacceptable especially given the values of our organization. As we continued to evaluate the situation with all the relevant parties, it became obvious that this was the only appropriate course of action to take.”
Before that decision came down, Colin Kaepernick’s mom took to Twitter to reply to Jemele Hill and call out Larson for being the same guy who stated his favorite NFL team is “the one that stands,” basically stating he did not like National Anthem kneelers like Colin Kaepernick.
Larson issued an apology Monday, saying there was “no excuse” for his comment, but he completely missed the mark when he claimed he made a mistake. Anybody watching the video could see that it was no mistake.
“I made a mistake, said the word that should never, ever be said,” Larson said. “There is no excuse for that. I wasn’t raised that way. It is 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. But I just want to let you all know how sorry I am and I hope everyone is staying safe during these crazy times.”
Larson was in the final year of his contract with Ganassi Racing.