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Kyle Larson Suspended By NASCAR After Using N-Word During iRacing Event Over the Weekend

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Kyle Larson Suspended By NASCAR After Using N-Word During iRacing Event Over the Weekend

Last week, Bubba Wallace quit an iRacing event, which was poor sportsmanship but not a huge deal. This past weekend Kyle Larson did something far more egregious, using racist language during a live broadcast on Sunday night. In the video, Larson seems to think he’s on his own private channel and is having trouble hearing somebody. However, he was instead on a driver chat being streamed by other people, and that’s when he says the N-word.

You can see the video evidence below.

This morning, NASCAR responded to this offense by suspending Kyle Larson indefinitely without pay.

Larson issued his own statement today on social media.

There have been plenty of positive stories in terms of real sports leagues crossing over into video games in recent weeks, but this is certainly a low point in that crossover.

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  1. He used the "-er" version too...well at least we know where he stands.   I sometimes rather know than not know what kind of person the athlete is.   He had to apologize for NASCAR.  
    ChaseB
    Is the logic being that other people use the N-word as well and aren't or what?

    No people get suspended for much less. It's just the new "pro guy that got suspended this month" happens a lot. Scott Speed was suspended for wrecking people, I think Max Verstappen has been warned a few times.
    RobotRosKO
    Now all the rednecks will go buy his merch and make him number one seller

    (Let's try not to add on to the hate with more hate.)
    kneebon5
    No people get suspended for much less. It's just the new "pro guy that got suspended this month" happens a lot. Scott Speed was suspended for wrecking people, I think Max Verstappen has been warned a few times.

    Got it, thanks for the info mate.
    Why do video games bring out the ugliest in people when they get mad? I've seen plenty of guys get pissed in-person while playing actual sports on courts or fields and they never use the kind of language gamers use when something doesn't go their way. It's the main reason I don't play games online. The community is horrendous and filled with people who quit like children with fragile egos and/or ones who throw out the most hate-filled speech I've ever encountered.
    Chip Ganassi Fire Kyle Larson
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyle Larson was fired Tuesday by Chip Ganassi Racing, completing a stunning downfall for the budding NASCAR star who uttered a racial slur during a live-streamed virtual race and then watched nearly every one of his sponsors drop him.
    The 27-year-old Larson, in his seventh Cup season with Ganassi and considered the top free agent in NASCAR just three days ago, is now out of a job in what could ultimately be an eight-figure blunder.
    “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.”
    King of Kings
    Why do video games bring out the ugliest in people when they get mad? I've seen plenty of guys get pissed in-person while playing actual sports on courts or fields and they never use the kind of language gamers use when something doesn't go their way. It's the main reason I don't play games online. The community is horrendous and filled with people who quit like children with fragile egos and/or ones who throw out the most hate-filled speech I've ever encountered.

    He wasn't mad, he was trying to get his spotters attention, and said what he said for who knows what reason, but was on the public channel instead of his personal channel. At least know the facts before you try to generalize everything to fit your view points.
    It was a stupid mistake and there is no place for what was said.
    My fear here is that with what happened with this incident and the fallout Wallace got the week before for quitting these guys will start avoiding online racing or be advised to avoid it in some cases.
    kneebon5
    He wasn't mad, he was trying to get his spotters attention, and said what he said for who knows what reason, but was on the public channel instead of his personal channel. At least know the facts before you try to generalize everything to fit your view points.

    "I've seen plenty of guys get pissed in-person while playing actual sports on courts or fields and they never use the kind of language gamers use when something doesn't go their way."
    So something wasn't going his way which made him throw out a racial slur to get someone's attention...as I mentioned? Thanks for supporting my point. And even if he wasn't mad for having to get his spotter's attention, my point still stands that I hear that kind of language all the time from whining video game players while never running into it once playing real sports. It's disgusting.
    "The community is horrendous and filled with people who quit like children with fragile egos and/or ones who throw out the most hate-filled speech I've ever encountered."
    So another NASCAR driver didn't rage quit within the last couple of weeks because his childishly fragile ego couldn't handle the experience? And Larson didn't use hate-filled speech in this specific instance mentioned in the article?
    It seems I didn't have to try at all to generalize anything to fit my view. The actions that played out did it for me. I really don't understand the point you were trying to make unless you somehow misunderstood what I said. It seems odd that you'd quote me in an attempt to defend a racist or terrible gaming community based on factual evidence, but to each his own I guess.

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