NEW YORK (Reuters) – NASCAR has suspended Kyle Larson indefinitely and ordered him to attend sensitivity training after he used a racial slur during a livestream broadcast of an iRacing esports event.
File Photo: Nov 10, 2019; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson during the Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
“NASCAR has made diversity and inclusion a priority and will not tolerate the type of language used by Kyle Larson during Sunday’s iRacing event,” NASCAR said in a statement.
NASCAR had put on the event to fill the void left in the racing calendar due to the unprecedented shutdown of global sport because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 27-year-old Larson could be heard using the slur while he was apparently testing his microphone for the competition.
“Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud,” one driver replied.
A second voice on the stream said: “No way did that just happen.”
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