Denny Hamlin was apologetic on Monday for a tweet he posted, saying “it was a poor choice of memes and I saw how it was offensive.”
In the tweet that has since been removed, Hamlin poked fun at friend Kyle Larson‘s actions at the end of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. He did so by tweeting a clip from the show “Family Guy” that references a female Asian driver. Larson’s name was superimposed over the driver. Larson’s mother is Asian American.
“I took down a post I made earlier today after reading some of the comments,” Hamlin tweeted. “It was a poor choice of memes and I saw how it was offensive. It came across totally wrong. I apologize.”
Larson moved up multiple lanes coming to the finish in Sunday’s race. His actions caused Kurt Busch to crash.
NASCAR will likely discipline him for his actions.
NASCAR’s Rule Book states: “NASCAR Members shall not make or cause to be made a public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.”