Kyle Larson was streaming online just as all other working NASCAR drivers were during these pandemic times. NASCAR opened its way to online racing sims including all real racers. The online streams broadcast throughout the world to all fans and viewers alike. Additionally in this circumstance, Kyle Larson uttered a word that was harsh, racist and offensive.
The stream was live while he said the N-word and it immediately caught attention with raised brows from all around. Kyle presumed using the word asking if he can be heard, and a fellow driver replied that everyone hears him. He said the racial slur during the live eNASCAR broadcast on Twitch and eNASCAR’s official site. It immediately seemed his career will take a huge turn after this incident.
It happened exactly so. His suspension not long after, with NASCAR not giving a second chance to the NASCAR driver.
Kyle Larson also commented afterwards through his Twitter account.
“Yeah, I just wanna say I’m sorry. You know last night I made a mistake and said a word that should never ever be said. and there’s 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. And I understand that the damage is Probably unrepairable, and I own up to thAT. But I just wanna let you all know how sorry I am. and I hope everybody is staying safe in these crazy times.”
The swift decision goes to show that there is no room for racism in esports, or anywhere in general. NASCAR hosts millions of fans hold to show one of the biggest events of the present times. Kyle Larson had a responsibility as a racer with fans and viewers to show a respectable character worth the praise he gets. This incident supported the exact opposite. It could be the case he took streaming light and was not expecting the punishment he received. Nevertheless, he is no longer participating in eNASCAR.
Letting an incident like this slide would have had many repercussions. No news yet of what the future holds for Kyle and his career as a NASCAR Driver.
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