NASCAR Driver Noah Gragson Suspended for Social Media Post

Noah Gragson suspended by NASCAR after liking George Floyd meme

The CBS News article discusses the suspension of NASCAR driver Noah Gragson by both NASCAR and his team, Legacy Motor Club, for liking a racially insensitive post on social media. Instead of Gragson, Josh Berry will drive the No. 42 car at the upcoming Michigan International Speedway race.

Legacy Motor Club justified their decision, stating that Gragson’s actions were contrary to the team’s values. NASCAR supported the suspension, citing Gragson’s violation of the Member Conduct section in the 2023 NASCAR Rule Book, leading to an indefinite suspension.

The specific rule violated by Gragson, as stated in the Cup Rule Book, involves not making public statements or communications that demean, criticize, ridicule, or disparage others based on their race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.

Chevrolet, Gragson’s car manufacturer, also expressed support for NASCAR and Legacy Motor Club’s decision, affirming that his actions were not in line with their brand values.

Gragson himself acknowledged his mistake and expressed disappointment in his lack of attention and actions on social media. He stated that he treats everyone equally, regardless of who they are, and acknowledged that he made a significant error.

Noah Gragson, a 25-year-old driver, is currently competing in his first full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series. The incident has led to significant consequences for his racing career, and he will have to work towards regaining trust and proving his commitment to respect and inclusivity.

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