Popular NASCAR driver, 25, suspended indefinitely for liking a meme about George Floyd on social media

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A popular and rising NASCAR driver was suspended indefinitely for liking a meme about George Floyd on social media.

Noah Gragson was suspended indefinitely by his team – the Legacy Motor Club on Saturday.

“We have made the decision to suspend Noah Gragson effective immediately regarding his actions that do not represent the values of our team,” Legacy Motor Club said in a statement. “Josh Berry will drive the No. 42 entry for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan.”

NASCAR not only agreed with the decision to suspend Gragson, but also suspended him indefinitely.

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“NASCAR fully supports Legacy Motor Club’s decision to suspend Noah Gragson,” the racing association stated. “Following his actions on social media, NASCAR has determined that Gragson has violated the Member Conduct section of the 2023 NASCAR Rule Book and has placed him under indefinite suspension.”

Gragson issued an apology online following his suspension.

“I am disappointed in myself for my lack of attention and actions on social media,” Gragson said on Twitter. “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.”

Gragson allegedly liked an insensitive meme about George Floyd on Instagram.

TMZ reported, “The image shows the live-action version of Sebastian the crab from ‘The Little Mermaid,’ with Floyd’s face superimposed. A caption reads, ‘Under Da Knee, Under Da Knee.'”

A little over two weeks after Floyd’s death in May 2020, NASCAR announced it had banned the Confederate flag at all of its events and properties.

“The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry,” NASCAR said at the time. “Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community it creates is what makes fans and sport special.”

This was Gragson’s first full season racing in the Cup series and he is 33rd in the standings after 22 starts.

The 25-year-old driver was awarded the Xfinity series “Most Popular Driver” award last year.

JR Motorsports said of Gragson last December, The Las Vegas native won eight races in the No. 9 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet in 2022, including a record-tying run of four consecutive in the month of September. He led the team not just in victories, but also set an organizational record with 1,010 laps led along with a series-high 21 top-five finishes.”

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