World News – UA – ‘I AM NOT A RACIST’: Larson says he’s ‘grown up’ since suspension, seeks reinstatement


Driver Kyle Larson said in a TV interview that he had « grown significantly more in the past six months than the 28 years that I have been alive » – ​​the time since he was uttered a racist insult that suspended him from NASCAR and fired from his racing team

Larson used the word in a live broadcast of an iRacing event on April 12 and has been out of the NASCAR Cup Series since NBC Sports reported on Friday that he had requested his reinstatement

« I know deep down that I am not a racist » said Larson, 28 « I said a racist word and I can fully understand why people would call me racist »

Larson said he and his group of friends casually used the word « in greeting » and was trying to speak with one of those friends on the live stream when he walked out. his mouth

« I didn’t use it in a way to, you know, degrade or you know, insult anyone, » Larson told CBS. « I know that’s not my word to use So, you know, I need to get it out of my vocabulary, and I have « 

He continued, « I guess I didn’t think about how African Americans, probably in their minds, brought them back, you know, to slavery and things like that, to injustice and the things they had to work on, you know, so hard to overcome « 

Larson, who is partly Japanese, graduated from NASCAR through a program called « Drive for Diversity » His grandparents spent time in an internment camp in California during World War II

Larson was in his seventh season on the NASCAR circuit at the time of his suspension. He has six career wins and was sixth in the final standings in 2019

He drove the No 42 Camaro and was in the final year of his contract with Chip Ganassi Racing

Since his suspension, Larson has undergone sensitivity training He has competed in some outlaw world events and in May he won the outlaw world speed car race at Pevely, Mo

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World News – UA – ‘I AM NOT A RACIST’: Larson says he ‘grew up’ since his suspension, seeks reinstatement


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