After it was reported that he “appreciated” a meme about George Floyd that may be thought of insensitive as a result of reference of the 2020 homicide, NASCAR driver Noah Gragson was shortly hit with an “below indefinite suspension.”
Legacy Motor Membership issued a statement Saturday concerning the suspension, saying the actions of Gragson “don’t characterize the values of our crew.” Josh Berry changed Gragson and drive the No. 42 automobile on the Cup Collection race at Michigan Worldwide Speedway, which was suspended Sunday attributable to rain.
“NASCAR absolutely helps Legacy Motor Membership’s choice to droop Noah Gragson,” the group tweeted Saturday. “Following his actions on social media, NASCAR has decided that Gragson has violated the Member Conduct part of the 2023 NASCAR Rule E-book and has positioned him below indefinite suspension.”
NASCAR absolutely helps Legacy Motor Membership’s choice to droop Noah Gragson. Following his actions on social media, NASCAR has decided that Gragson has violated the Member Conduct part of the 2023 NASCAR Rule E-book and has positioned him below indefinite suspension.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 5, 2023
TMZ first reported over the weekend that Gragson appreciated a George Floyd-related meme on Instagram. Floyd was killed in 2020 after a police officer named Derek Chauvin held his knee to Floyd’s neck for round 9 minutes.
Gragson, 25, apparently appreciated a picture that confirmed Sebastian the Crab (from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”) with Floyd’s face photoshopped on prime alongside textual content that learn, “Below Da Knee, Below Da Knee.”
“I’m upset in myself for my lack of consideration and actions on social media,” Gragson tweeted Saturday. “I perceive the severity of this example. I really like and recognize everybody.” (RELATED: Logan Paul Will get Into Struggle With Fan At Jake Paul’s Boxing Match After Successful Bout At WWE SummerSlam)
“I attempt to deal with everybody equally regardless of who they’re,” added Gragson. “I tousled plain and easy.”