Nascar driver liked joke image of George Floyd – suspended indefinitely

Cultural revolution in the West

Published 10 August 2023
- By Editorial Staff
Nascar suspends driver Noah Gragson (inset) for spreading a joke meme.

Famous motorsport Nascar will have to continue the current season without one of its drivers. Debutant Noah Gragson was suspended indefinitely at the weekend for “offensive activity on social media”.

The reason is that Gragson had liked a cartoon image of George Floyd, who is promoted as a martyr by the violent black power movement BLM.

George Floyd was a 46-year-old black man with a long criminal record, whose death following his arrest and subsequent media campaign triggered violent BLM riots across the US, which also spread to Europe and Sweden.

Nascar and Noah Gragon’s Legacy Motor Club stable reportedly punished the 25-year-old for “liking an insensitive meme with a photo of George Floyd“, according to sports channel ESPN.

The organizations have issued separate statements that the driver was placed on indefinite suspension for the meme he liked, but refused to reveal further details of the case.

Nascar’s confirmation of Gragson’s offense came shortly after the federation announced his suspension. On Twitter, it said that Gragson “violated the Member Conduct section of the 2023 Nascar Rulebook“.

The Legacy Motor Club states that Noah Gragson was suspended for actions that “do not represent the values of our team“.

Suspension criticized by fans

The suspension has been met with harsh criticism on Twitter from fans of motorsport and people tired of what they say is hypocrisy and excessive politicization.


Noah Gragson himself has addressed the punishment in a response to the Legacy Motor Club with an apologetic statement.

 

It has become increasingly common for athletes to be punished for statements that go against dominant media narratives. Whether Noah Gragson will be seen on Nascar tracks around the US in the near future remains to be seen.

Facts: Nascar

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, abbreviated Nascar, is an American motorsport organization founded in 1948 that organizes the Nascar Cup Series, Nascar Xfinity Series and Nascar Camping World Truck Series. Nascar is a huge industry worth billions of dollars. The series ranks second in terms of market value in motorsport, surpassed only by Formula 1.

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