The ongoing protests all over the country are finally making headway into the sports industry.
Recently, NASCAR banned the usage of the Confederate flag, because it symbolized slavery and racism. For some insane reason, that made a bunch of fans of the sport very upset.
NASCAR driver Ray Ciccarelli announced that he would quit the sport after the end of the season because of the banishment of the flag.
Ciccarelli had a total of 0 wins in his career.
Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only African-American racer, wanted the Confederate flag banned as he felt it had “no place”, in the sport.
LeBron James had a post about Ray leaving NASCAR and made sure to rub it in his face.
‘Bye Bye!! I can probably say they won’t miss you! Ha’.
Ciccarelli told NASCAR news site TobyChristie.com that his statement was “misconstrued.”
“I don’t regret my feelings of believing in the national anthem and standing. I don’t like the fact that I was misconstrued about defending the Confederate flag. Because in no way shape or form was I defending the Confederate flag,” he said.
“I wasn’t raised the way people are portraying me to be. That’s just not me,” Ciccarelli stated. “I am not that type of person. Just the attack — my wife, my family have been attacked and abused on social media. It’s just heartbreaking.”
“I feel everybody has a right to their opinion. And that was my opinion. I believe people can kneel, and protest and do what they love and support and all that. I wasn’t trying to offend anybody. That’s not something that I wanted to do in any shape or form,” Ciccarelli told TobyChristie.com.