NASCAR Reacts to Noah Gragson ‘George Floyd’ Meme Like with Suspension!

The company announced that NASCAR suspended driver Noah Gragson indefinitely after he seemed to like an inappropriate image featuring a photo of George Floyd on social media.

According to his team, Gragson, 25, was in his first entire season as a driver in NASCAR’s premier division when Josh Berry replaced him in the No. 42 vehicle on Saturday.

Gragson was suspended by Legacy Motor Club, which stated that his actions “do not represent the values of our team.”

According to NBC Sports, NASCAR stated Gragson violated the stock car racing member conduct section of its regulations, which states that members should not publicly degrade people based on their origins.

NASCAR announced that the penalty would be “indefinite.” Drivers who have been suspended indefinitely in the past have had opportunities to return to NASCAR.

NASCAR Reacts to Noah Gragson 'George Floyd' Meme Like with Suspension

Gragson accepted his activities but did not explicitly address the claimed meme in a statement on the platform X, formerly known as Twitter. He doesn’t draw that specific connection, but his comment on X Saturday corroborates the story that his suspension is the result of the George Floyd meme’s approval.

“I am disappointed in myself for my lack of attention and actions on social media,” he tweeted Saturday. “I understand the severity of this situation. I love and appreciate everyone. I try to treat everyone equally no matter who they are. I messed up plain and simple.”

NASCAR and Legacy did not reply quickly to demands for more information concerning Gragson’s ban. According to Fox Sports, NASCAR acknowledged the penalty was connected to the meme.

TMZ reported Gragson’s apparent liking of the post on Saturday, including a screenshot that purported to show it coming from a Gragson account. The meme, which features a photograph of Floyd’s face, mentions his death on May 25, 2020, after a white Minneapolis police knelt on his neck for 912 minutes.

Floyd, a Black man, had been detained by authorities who were looking into a tip of someone passing a counterfeit $20 cash at a market.

The video of his excruciating death sparked nationwide demonstrations, and state and federal charges of the four officers involved were successful.

NASCAR spent the weekend at Michigan International Speedway for Cup racing and lower series events, all leading up to the main event, the Firekeepers Casino 400.

Chevrolet, the nameplate on the No. 42 of Legacy Motor Club, said in a statement Saturday, “Noah’s actions do not align with our beliefs and brand values. We will work with Legacy Motor Club on next steps.”

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