Last week, NASCAR announced in a statement that “the display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”
In the wake of the announcement, Ray Ciccarelli, who competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, decided that he could no longer compete for an employer who is “fucking one group to cater to another” and will be quitting forever after the 2020 racing season is over.
— John Haverlin (@JohnHaverlin) June 10, 2020
The 50-year-old, who had just one top-10 finish in 18 races over his career, gave an interview to TobyChristie.com after being mocked relentless online, saying his words were “misconstrued” and have resulted in threats against him and his family.
“My wife, my family have been attacked and abused on social media. It’s just heartbreaking.”
Ciccarelli said he hoped the clarification of his comments would eliminate some of the hate he’s received, claiming, “This was a very educational learning experience.” Can’t imagine LeBron mocking him to his 66 million Instagram followers will help his cause.
LeBron heaped praise on Bubba Wallace, the only full-time black driver in the Cup Series, who not only called for the removal of the confederate flag in an appearance on CNN on Monday, but raced in a car Wednesday that was painted black and had the words “#blacklivesmatter” written on it as well as “compassion, love, understanding.”
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 10, 2020